MORRIS – There are 47 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Joliet, and estimates show these schools could accommodate a total of 4,000 additional students.
To help make Catholic education possible for these additional students, the Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese provides funding for families unable to pay all or a portion of their tuition and fees, according to a news release from Immaculate Conception School in Morris.
On Saturday, there was a Diocesan-wide effort to make the public aware of the Foundation’s efforts. “Move Your Feet to Give a Child a Seat” saw students and teachers from the 47 schools walking at the end of the school day in the various schools while making donations to the Foundation.
At Immaculate Conception School in Morris, students walked through the halls and each placed a donation at a station in front of the school office, according to the news release. The Catholic School Foundation has helped families at I.C.S. by providing tuition assistance for those that qualify.
The enrollment at I.C.S. has increased by 16 students since the close of the 2012-13 school year. The school currently has 226 students in preschool through eighth grade.