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Catholic Education Network School Honors Georgetown's Help

Nov. 5, 2008 – A local high school that is part of a highly successful nationwide Catholic education network honored Georgetown's assistance with its creation and ongoing support.

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, located in Takoma Park, Md., gave Georgetown its first-ever Cristo Rey Partnership Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that offer help and resources for its students.

The Cristo Rey Network is a Jesuit-founded group of about two dozen high schools committed to providing Catholic, college preparatory education to young people in underserved urban environments.

Joining Forces

“Partnership is joining forces – usually for a cause,” said the Rev. Steve Shafran, Don Bosco's president. “Georgetown has epitomized that philosophy in a real way through ... the many members of the Georgetown community who truly bring to life, the Jesuit mantra – ‘men and women for others.’ ”

The Georgetown community played an integral role in helping Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School get off the ground in 2007 – from University President John J. DeGioia to the alumni who work for the schools and students who volunteer at Don Bosco.

Rey of Hope

Don Bosco presented the award at its inaugural Rey of Hope Gala. The Most Reverend Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Daniel Porterfield, Georgetown's senior vice president for strategic development also received honors for their contributions.

“Working with the students of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School gives all of us at Georgetown the opportunity to live the ideals of service that we uphold as a university,” DeGioia said after accepting the award. “We are deeply committed to Don Bosco’s success, and we thank the school for this recognition.”

Work and Commitment

Students at Cristo Rey schools earn money to help subsidize their education, and Georgetown provides some Don Bosco students with work opportunities. Georgetown also offers a summer “boot camp” for Don Bosco’s incoming students, who learn basic office software programs, proper office etiquette and dress and how to operate office machinery.

The university remains deeply committed to Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and to the mission of the entire Cristo Rey Network, DeGioia said. This fall, the university hosted a forum of 14 colleges and universities, 12 Cristo Rey high schools and education associations across the country for a summit to discuss ongoing efforts to empower students and communities with education and the chance to go to college.

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