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National Catholic Schools Week is being celebrated through February 1. The theme for National Schools Week 2014 is “Community of faith, knowledge and service.”

This has been celebrated for 40 years and its main function is to raise awareness of what Catholic schools provide. Catholic schools strengthen relationships and produce students strongly dedicated to their faith, families and communities by providing an intellectually stimulating environment rich in spirituality, character and moral development.

We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 have seen this first hand with the fine students of Divine Wisdom Academy at St.  Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, who have been educated there and have graduated with high honors. We have been involved with the school with their fundraisers.

You see, we realize these students are tomorrow’s leaders. We even sponsor an essay contest every year. We give out certificates with a cash award to the three winners and last June we gave out four awards because they were so exceptional. We have been doing this for many years and have seen these young people turning in quite impressive essays, which I believe is due in part to caring parents and teachers who do their best to see that these young people become the very best they can be.

As such I hope that God helps us to continue to keep our Catholic schools vibrant and thriving, for these schools need to stay open, as these young people are our nation’s future.


Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village



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