DC Catholic Schools Celebrate Success with Family Fun Festival

April 25, 2003

Hundreds of students, their families and supporters of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Center City Consortium schools serving financially challenged neighborhoods in the District will celebrate at a Family Fun Festival with a moon bounce, inflatable slide, face painting, basketball shoot, appearances by Wizards’ mascot G-Wiz and Capitals’ mascot Slapshot, and more:

Sunday, May 4, 2003
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (rain or shine)
Trinity College
Alumnae Hall, 125 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

This fun day will mark the success of the past school year and the Consortium’s $30 million capital campaign. More than $22 million has been raised in the past 18 months for tuition assistance, professional development and capital improvements to the 11 schools. Nearly 80 students from area Catholic high schools will help coordinate activities at the festival, which will also include food and a DJ, as well as the games for children and families.

Through partnerships with business leaders, the Consortium brings extra resources, unique educational programs geared to students’ particular needs, expanded professional development and much-needed building renovations to Catholic schools in need in our nation’s capital: Northwest: Immaculate Conception, Nativity Catholic Academy, Sacred Heart, St. Augustine; Northeast: Holy Name, St. Francis de Sales; Southeast: Assumption, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Francis Xavier and St. Thomas More.

The Consortium’s 2,000 students are 65 percent non-Catholic; 50 percent are from families living at or below poverty level; 70 percent are from single-parent households and 99 percent are non-White.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
[email protected]