Beautification Day for Holy Redeemer Catholic School in DC

Kicks Off First Year of University of Notre Dame Partnership

August 16, 2007

Getting a fresh start for the new school year, volunteers will gather at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Washington for a Beautification Day to plant flowers around the building, paint the school hallways, sort books in the library and clean classrooms and desks:

Saturday, August 18, 2007
8:30 a.m. Prayer Service and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beautification Day
Holy Redeemer School
1135 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

An innovative five-year partnership between Holy Redeemer and the University of Notre Dame that starts this year brings new resources and expertise to this inner-city school to strengthen its academic achievement, leadership, Catholic identity and financial stability. As a “Magnificat School,” Holy Redeemer will partner with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a nationally-recognized program that prepares teachers and principals to be effective instructors and leaders in Catholic schools, especially those with limited resources.

Beautification Day is the first time that Holy Redeemer and Notre Dame will come together as one community. Parents, teachers, students, parishioners and Holy Redeemer alumni will work with area Notre Dame alumni and the Alliance for Catholic Education.

“This partnership, a joint effort involving Holy Redeemer, the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Washington, is an example of how we can together further the mission of the Catholic Church and provide an excellent Catholic education,” said Holy Redeemer’s new principal Ben Ketchum.

The first day of classes for parish Catholic schools in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties is September 4. The schools in Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties) open on August 28.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 105 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 32,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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