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Senator Dyson to recognize Catholic Schools Week

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Posted on January 26, 2006:

Senator Dyson Senator Dyson will help recognize Catholic Schools Week beginning January 29, by presenting a Maryland State Flag to Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown at 8 a.m. on January 30.

“As a former student of a Catholic School [Little Flower School] in Great Mills, I received a top-flight education by some great teachers who I will never forget,” Senator Dyson said. “Catholic schools provide an excellent education as well as saving the state a lot of money.”

According to the Maryland Catholic Conference, Catholic and nonpublic schools educate 143,467 K-12 students saving a total of nearly $1.3 billion annually. Additionally, Catholic schools alleviate many of the problems facing public school including overcrowding, teacher shortages and limited classroom supplies.

Senator Dyson said he will visit several Catholic Schools in his district which includes St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties, but chose to start at Father Andrew White for obvious symbolic reasons.

“Father Andrew White was a Jesuit priest who said the very first Catholic mass in the colony that was to become the great State of Maryland,” Senator Dyson said. “He did so after passengers on the Ark and the Dove arrived safely on the shores of St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634 from England where they were escaping religious oppression.”

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