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#GivingTuesday: support Catholic schools

On Nov. 30 the Diocese of Trenton will once again take part in #GivingTuesday to raise funds in support of Catholic schools.

As a national day of philanthropy, #GivingTuesday was established in 2012 and has garnered millions of acts of generosity in the form of monetary donations and volunteerism. The Diocese of Trenton has participated since 2016, and last year successfully raised $130,000 for participating schools.

In a new video for #GivingTuesday, about a dozen Catholic school students in the Diocese underscore the value of the campaign when they express why they are thankful for their Catholic education. The video will play across diocesan social and digital media and will be sent to the Catholic schools in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties to share in their own communities.

As part of the campaign, every school received keepsake magnets on which their students might write or draw why they are thankful for their Catholic education. Schools are invited to post these images to their social media on Giving Tuesday.

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Catholic schools in Diocese optimistic following Cognia evaluation

Following a Nov. 10 concluding review of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton by Cognia – a global school accreditation agency – diocesan superintendent of schools, Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, was confident.

“The Cognia exit Zoom was very insightful [and] the visit itself went very, very well,” Dr. Schmidt wrote to the diocesan Curia and school representatives. “A true testament to your hard work today and over the past several months; I appreciate all the effort and making yourselves available to the cause.”

A call was made to all schools and priests of parishes with a school, requesting that local school administrators choose representatives for their respective schools, Dr. Schmidt explained. “It was a really nice mix” of representatives, he said. Various stakeholders, including school students, staff, administrators, parents, and pastors, gave 257 interviews to Cognia to evaluate the Diocese of Trenton’s Catholic schools for accreditation.

The review is very significant, he pointed out, “because it allows our schools to be viewed nationally as successful at producing students who are high-achieving.”

Since Cognia evaluates all types of schools and educational systems, both secular and parochial, “We chose to be reviewed on national Catholic benchmarks and Catholic criteria,” Dr. Schmidt noted. Those criteria included the Diocese’s analysis of its testing data, what the curriculum aims to accomplish, and whether that was brought to fruition at the classroom level.

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