Children Celebrate Rejuvenated Holy Redeemer School in DC with First Lady Laura Bush Marking Innovative Partnership with Notre Dame

January 30, 2008

First Lady Laura Bush visited with kindergarteners at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in the District of Columbia today where they showed off their reading skills. The visit was a celebration of Catholic Schools Week and a partnership with the University of Notre Dame that the school, which was on the verge of closing last year, has forged.

Following the classroom visit and a welcome from Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Mrs. Bush addressed an assembly of faculty, students and invited guests. Mrs. Bush praised “the Catholic-school tradition” that “is based on the belief that every child is blessed with unique gifts, and every child has unlimited potential – regardless of that child’s status or race or even faith.” She expressed her support of the DC Choice Incentive Act that established opportunity scholarships for children in the District of Columbia, so they can attend the school of their choice. More than 80 children at Holy Redeemer receive these opportunity scholarships.

Holy Redeemer School, pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, had been a financially struggling school that nearly closed a year ago; however, through an innovative partnership with the University of Notre Dame, Holy Redeemer School not only stayed open but has shined. In forging the partnership with the university’s ACE (Alliance of Catholic Education) Program, Holy Redeemer has become the third school nationwide to be designated as a University of Notre Dame Magnificat School. The ACE Program is helping the school strengthen its curriculum, provide instructional coaching and professional development and access needed funding. This exciting partnership is an example of creative, collaborative ways being employed to save and enhance our Catholic schools and Catholic education.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 106 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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