Ten area elementary schools are among 59 Catholic schools in Northeast Ohio that have been awarded grants from a capital campaign that raised nearly $171 million to fund programs in education, ministry and social services in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
The Catholic Community Foundation has announced that it has distributed $1.9 million in grant awards to the Catholic elementary and high schools in the eight-county diocese. The money represents the second round of funds released from the Rooted In Faith – Forward in Hope campaign, which started in early 2010 and concluded in December 2012.
The campaign (which is administered and managed by the community foundation) exceeded its $125 million goal by about 37 percent. Use of the money is limited to five areas: education ($40 million), strengthening parishes ($37.5 million); clergy formation and care for retired priests ($25 million), evangelization and faith formation ($15 million) and charitable works ($7.5 million). All money raised above the goal will be divided in all areas, except strengthening parishes.
The grants awarded to the 10 local schools — six in Summit County, three in Medina County and one in Wayne County — total $380,825. The funds will be used to help with curriculum enrichment, technology upgrades and facility enhancements.
At St. Francis Xavier in Medina, a $60,000 grant will be used to replace windows and install air conditioning units in at least six classrooms that face state Route 18 at the school, located at 612 E. Washington St.
School principal Bibiana Seislove said the project will help with energy efficiency at the school, which serves 564 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
“We are truly blessed and extremely grateful for the generosity of the people in the diocese and the parishioners at St. Francis Xavier,” said Seislove. “These funds will give us an opportunity to do something beneficial that we might not otherwise be able to do.”
Here is the breakdown of the other grants received locally:
• Seton Catholic School, Hudson, $75,000 for chapel renovations.
• St. Sebastian, Akron, $60,000 to replace interior classroom doors.
• St. Vincent, Akron, $45,000 to remodel front entrance and purchase iPads.
• St. Joseph, Cuyahoga Falls, $45,000 to upgrade lighting.
• Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cuyahoga Falls, $40,000 to improve safety systems and purchase iPads.
• St. Francis de Sales, Coventry Township, $25,000 to purchase security cameras, iPads and laptops.
• Sts. Peter and Paul, Doylestown, $12,825 to replace lights.
• Sacred Heart of Jesus, Wadsworth, $9,000 to purchase iPads.
• St. Ambrose, Brunswick, $9,000 to purchase Chromebooks.
The first round of grants from the capital campaign, totaling $1.8 million, were distributed last April.
More information about the community foundation and a complete list of grant distributions can be found at www.catholiccommunity.org. For more information about the diocese, go to www.dioceseofcleveland.org.