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Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union awards $77,000 in Catholic school grants

News of the Diocese

August 11, 2020

In keeping with its commitment to support Catholic education, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union awarded $77,000 in Catholic school grants during 2020 to a total of 43 Catholic schools.

St. Christopher School in Rocky River and St. Francis de Sales School in Akron were the recipients of the two $10,000 grants.

Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Montessori School in Cleveland, St. Anthony of Padua School in Lorain and St. Joseph School in Avon Lake each received a $5,000 grant. Thirty-seven additional Catholic schools throughout the Dioceses of Cleveland, Youngstown, Steubenville and Cincinnati each received a $1,000 grant.

During the past seven years, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union has awarded more than $850,000 to Catholic schools in the form of grants, scholarships and charitable donations.

St. Christopher School plans to use its $10,000 grant toward the purchase of virtual reality goggles for the school. Students will use the devices in collaboration with computer, language arts and social studies teachers to complete a cross-curricular project, Traveling Through our Faith. The use of virtual reality goggles will allow the students to learn, see and experience historical cities and landmarks that have influenced, impacted and shaped our faith's history, traditions and values.

St. Francis de Sales School will use its $10,000 grant to renovate its technology lab into a think central station where students can tinker, build and learn alongside each other and create useful and needed items that could potentially solve real world problems.

Beaumont School’s $5,000 grant will be used to establish an Urban Plunge Retreat Program that will include education, advocacy, service experience and prayer and reflection sessions at on-site locations throughout Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood with the expertise of local agencies. It is an expression of a call to action of young women leaders giving them the opportunity to live their faith and to build relationship with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Cleveland Montessori School, which has been in operation for 25 years, plans to use its $5,000 grant to replace items at the school. Many of its Good Shepherd materials are original to the program and were handed down in used condition over the years. Since many of the materials need to be custom made, the grant will be used to contract a carpenter to remake the wooden dioramas and figures that accompany the stories, helping the students develop a personal relationship with God.

St. Anthony of Padua School will apply its $5,000 grant towards creating a state-of-the-art science lab. The lab will be used daily by teachers to promote the two core tenets of collaboration and critical thinking. Second, the students will use the lab for religion classes, thus showing students how science complements their faith while promoting collaboration and higher-level thinking.

St. Joseph School’s $5,000 grant will fund a learning garden to provide classroom enrichment through hands-on activities and opportunities to develop skills applicable in the real world. The vegetable and herb garden is 24 feet by 60 feet and will feature 12 raised beds constructed from cedar planks in an enclosed space to protect it from wildlife. As service is a core value at St. Joseph School, there is ample opportunity help the immediate community. Throughout the year, the school collects non-perishables for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Adding fresh produce to these food baskets would allow for more well-rounded nutrition to those most in need. In addition, students cook weekly – on site – with the St. Malachi Back Door Ministry in Cleveland and prepare bagged lunches monthly for St. Elizabeth Center in Lorain. Through this garden initiative, the school would be able to provide produce for vulnerable populations in the community.

The 37 schools receiving $1,000 grants each are Bishop John King Musio Elementary School, Steubenville; Bishop John King Musio Jr. High School, Steubenville; Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown; Catholic Central High School, Steubenville; DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Cincinnati; Gesu Catholic School, University Heights; Holy Family Catholic School, Parma; Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Cuyahoga Falls; Incarnate Word Academy, Parma Heights ; Julie Billiart School, Lyndhurst; Lake Catholic High School, Mentor; Lakewood Catholic Academy, Lakewood; Metro Catholic School, Cleveland; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School, Chardon; Notre Dame Elementary School, Chardon; Our Lady of Angels School, Cleveland; Saint Joseph Academy, Cleveland; Saint Martin De Porres High School, Cleveland; Seton Catholic School, Hudson; Stark County Catholic Schools, Louisville; St. Albert the Great School, North Royalton; St. Angela Merici School, Fairview Park; St. Anselm School, Chesterland; St. Barnabas School, Northfield; St. Benedict Catholic School, Garfield Heights; St. Francis School, Cleveland; St. Francis Xavier School, Medina; St. Gabriel School, Mentor; St Hilary School, Fairlawn; St. Jude School, Elyria; St. Mary Catholic School, Berea; St. Mary Catholic School, Chardon; St. Michael School, Canton; St. Peter School, Lorain; St. Vincent de Paul School, Akron; SS. Joseph & John School, Strongsville; and Villa Angela-St. Joseph School, Cleveland.

Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, established in 1954, is the largest faith-based, full-service credit union in Ohio and the third-largest in the nation. Since 2014, the credit union has donated more than $850,000 back to the Catholic community in the form of grants, scholarships and contributions to Catholic parishes, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

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