Today as part of National Catholic Schools Week 2017 Joliet Catholic Academy celebrates Catholic education in the Joliet community through service for others. JCA is proud to serve the Joliet community: 73% of the students in Joliet, 70% of the students in Plainfield, and 72% of the students in Shorewood who choose Catholic high school education choose JCA*.
Monday’s focus for National Catholic Schools Week is “In our Community”. A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities—both local and beyond—they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. When they observe how others serve the community, they gain an appreciation for how they can continue to serve others their entire lives.
The fall of 2016 alone saw JCA students perform over 4,800 hours of community service in the Joliet community. Student, faculty, and staff completed a day of service this fall as part of the school’s 4th annual All-School Retreat and Service, volunteering time at local establishments like the Joliet Forest Preserve District, Wags 2 Wishes, Hopeful Tails, Joliet Animal Control, Ready Set Ride, St. Patrick’s Home, Hands of Hope, Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, Sharefest Festival, Morningstar Shelter, and more.
JCA Director of Admissions Ryan Quigley said, “the day of service is just one small component of the hours our students put in each year. Many times it leads them to volunteer at those places regularly. Our kids not only volunteer outside of school, they also volunteer to help promote JCA through our Student Ambassador Program, hosting area students on school visits, and working school events like Step Up Day and Open House”.
Quigley added, “to me, the impact of stewardship within the Joliet community is that much more powerful when these kids are giving back to the city and villages that their families live in (Joliet, Plainfield, Shorewood). That is, and always has been the impact of Joliet Catholic Academy within our community. It’s a testament to our students, parents, and strong alumni base that they overwhelmingly choose to send their children to JCA and thus support our Joliet community”.
To see a complete breakdown of each daily theme for Catholic Schools Week being celebrated at Joliet Catholic Academy, as well as events throughout the week, visit >> http://www.jca-online.org/2017/01/catholic-schools-week/
(*Statistics are based off information reported to and gathered by the Diocese of Joliet and the JCA Admissions staff over a four-year period from area grade schools. Data does not reflect high school transfers/retention).