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The Green Bay Area Catholic Education school system (GRACE) announces Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt’s proclamation of Catholic Schools Week with an assembly at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Holy Family Catholic School (1204 S. Fisk St., Green Bay). GRACE is the nine-school EC-8 Catholic school system serving families in Greater Green Bay.

Mayor Schmitt will be joined by GRACE administrators, principals, parish leaders, students, parents and community members in the celebration of Catholic schools in the Greater Green Bay community. The event will include a welcome by Holy Family Catholic School Principal Steven Gromala, opening remarks by GRACE President Kim Desotell, and the official proclamation of Catholic Schools Week by Mayor Schmitt.

“Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of the Catholic schools in our community,” Desotell says. “Students across our system perform exceptionally well academically, grow spiritually and develop personally. They are committed to giving back to our community in incredible ways. I am so proud of all they accomplish.”

This year’s National Catholic Schools Week started Sunday, Jan. 27, and runs until Saturday, Feb. 2. The theme for 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The annual celebration of Catholic education is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

To celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, the downtown Green Bay bridges will be illuminated blue and gold—the GRACE system colors—on Friday night following the proclamation by Mayor Schmitt.

GRACE is supported by 23 parishes within the Diocese of Green Bay. The parishes, schools and system work closely together to ensure the success of every student.

“The partnership between parish and school is such an advantage to our Catholic community,” says Andrew Mulloy, principal of St. John the Baptist School, one of the nine GRACE schools. “Our parishes provide wisdom and leadership to our schools, and in turn, our schools energize our parish communities. Together, we form disciples and share the love of Jesus Christ with our community.”

Among the many successes celebrated in the GRACE school system, the students—at all grade levels—have performed above the national averages in math, reading, language usage and science for the fifth consecutive year.

Enrollment in the GRACE school system for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Families who are interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact the GRACE administrative office or the individual school for details on visit opportunities.