It’s a common misconception that learning ends once you leave the school grounds. To develop a full, well-rounded education, local Catholic schools are working to contribute and transform their local communities every day. By taking learning and growth outside of the school walls, Catholic schools are seeing the difference that their students make in their local communities. Here are four key ways that Catholic school students are using their education outside the classroom.

1. Cultivating Diversity

Catholic schools work to place a large emphasis on diversity, both in and out of their classrooms. This celebration of diverse backgrounds and cultures allows students to empathize and relate to many different voices in their community. This can lead to local outreach, service projects, and a general appreciation for the many different cultures that make up our state of Arizona and the world.

2. Fostering Critical Thinking Skills

One idea that is deeply intertwined with the Catholic school curriculum is critical thinking. Critical thinking pushes students to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions. This approach to learning fosters creativity and innovation, allowing students to develop fresh ideas and perspectives. From local artists to nuclear engineers, critical thinking practices can be used to build various careers that will impact the local community in both culture and excellence.

3. Keeping Students Healthy and Thriving

Education goes hand-in-hand with health and wellness. It’s important to invest in all areas of a student’s well-being to watch them thrive, and Catholic schools are leading the way in this endeavor! According to The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 45% of Catholic schools in the United States participate in Federal Nutrition Programs. These programs work to provide free or reduced-price meals to over 270,000 children every day.

4. Encouraging Voting and Civic Activities

An essential aspect of Catholic education is learning how to develop and cultivate a key foundation, regardless of your beliefs. Following this principle, Catholic schools make a point to encourage students to vote, write to their local legislature, and get involved in civic activities that are appropriate for their age. Raising the next generation to be responsible citizens with respect for their government is key to helping our communities flourish.

Catholic education touches several different areas of students’ lives, in and out of their school walls. When students are taught to think critically, practice self-care, and be encouraged to engage in appropriate civic activities, we can expect to see positive change in our community. To learn more about CEA and how you can support Catholic education, reach out to us today.

Posted: 3/8/23