A new walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in Milwaukee aimed at celebrating the success of Catholic schools in southeastern Wisconsin and raising money to support tuition assistance at each school. Waukesha Catholic Memorial, St. Joseph, St. Mary and St. William schools will participate.
Organizers of the inaugural "Soles for Catholic Education" two-mile walk at Mount Mary University hope to draw thousands of students, parents and alumni from the archdiocese's 110 schools as well as walking enthusiasts from the community. Archbishop Jerome Listecki will attend wearing his red high-tops along with WTMJ's Gene Mueller who will serve as the event's official emcee.
"This walk was created to raise visibility for the archdiocese's 100 Catholic schools while celebrating the many benefits of a Catholic education, including academic rigor, Christ-centered faith formation, and, overall, a holistic approach to education which includes mind, body and spirit," said Listecki.
Recent statistics cite that during the 2012-13 academic year, there were 31,825 students enrolled in Catholic schools in the 10 counties in the southeastern part of the state. Catholic high schools have a 99-percent graduation rate with 94 percent of graduates heading on to college. In addition, students averaged 23.4 on their ACT scores compared to the state average of 22.1. The archdiocese's secondary schools also reported that their graduating seniors were awarded more than $54.5 million in college scholarships.
While Listecki said these statistics are impressive in an era when schools' performance ratings are under constant scrutiny, he admits the cost of attending a Catholic school can be cost-prohibitive for families. Listecki said the Soles for Catholic Education walk was created to eliminate this barrier. Pledge dollars raised by walkers stay with their school to support tuition assistance.
To participate in the walk or to pledge money in support of those already registered, visit www.catholicschoolswalk.org. Registration is $10.
"Creating this event has been a labor of love by so many individuals and organizations who support our Catholic schools," said Listecki.
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