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Kinder Foundation enhances urban Catholic schools
Date: 8/9/2012

HOUSTON — A year ago, the Archdiocese launched the first Inner City Catholic Schools Cooperative: a pilot group of five PK3 to eighth grade Inner City schools that pool resources as a new model for school and student development in the Archdiocese.

The Cooperative was established to enhance the quality and viability of the Archdiocese’s urban Catholic schools.

In January, the Kinder Foundation, established by Rich and Nancy Kinder, gave a $5 million gift to the five Cooperative schools: Resurrection School, St. Augustine School, St. Francis School, St. Peter the Apostle School and St. Pius V School.

This academic year, the Kinder Foundation gift is enhancing the Cooperative’s classroom resources, including instruction and technology; teacher pay; professional development; and improvement at Cooperative facilities, some of which are more than 50 years old. Construction efforts started at the five schools this summer. Delivery of new books and equipment has begun at the campuses, as well.

The Archdiocese educates more than 2,000 students through its 13 Inner City Catholic Schools, and 100 percent of the schools’ students go to high school; half attend Catholic high schools.

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