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Emanuel lauds four Catholic educators
in remarks to House colleagues,  
Feb. 10, 2005

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), joining his House colleagues in honoring Catholic Schools Week, paid tribute Feb. 9 to four educators from his district who recently won "Heart of the School Awards" from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

"Kevin Carroll of St. Patrick High School was recognized for his contribution to Arts 
Education, Marilyn Ann Skowron of Guerin College Preparatory was recognized for Innovation and Creativity, and both Kevin L. Booth of Notre Dame High School for Girls and Christopher E. Perez of St. Patrick High School were recognized for Leadership," Emanuel said. 

"I thank these outstanding educators as well  as all of the dedicated Catholic school teachers in my district for their devotion to their students and for setting the standard for teaching excellence. 

Concerning Catholic schools generally, Emanuel said:

"These schools provide strong academic curricula and promote significant parental involvement. They teach students the importance of academic achievement while also providing a balanced perspective on life that promotes responsibility, justice and social service. 

"Catholic schools also promote ethnic and racial diversity. An increasing number of children in 
Catholic schools in my district come from our minority communities. Students in Catholic schools 
achieve exceptionally high graduation rates, and an increasing number are advancing to college and giving back to the community through volunteer service.

"Catholic schools foster more than scholastic excellence alone. They provide spiritual guidance to 
students by encouraging fundamental ideals and an appreciation for family values, community 
service, and faith in their own lives. This, in turn, shapes Catholic school students into leaders 
of tomorrow."                —Donald H. Harrison