The lesson of the Catholic schools

Posted: January 02, 2009

I'D like to thank Dan Geringer and the Daily News for the moving piece about 7-year-old David Atkins and St. Martin de Porres Interparochial School.

In light of the tragic murder of David's father, the school has gone above and beyond in helping his family rebuild their lives.

The support provided by the school and its member parishes illustrates the critical role that Catholic schools play in our neighborhoods. While the primary focus is on education, we can't discount the importance of the lessons in human compassion that are ever-present in these schools.

They are cornerstones of communities, providing after-school care, meals, summer programs and gifts during the holiday season. The loss of schools like this would cut a lifeline for thousands of children and their families.

I'd like to commend St. Martin de Porres and all Catholic schools for what they have done and keep doing for Philadelphia's children.

Sean Flynn, Business Leadership

Organized for Catholic Schools

Jenkintown

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