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Scheduling family time important for child’s growth

By Vernell Bowen, Published: August 18, 2017   

As I began to think about my column for the back-to-school issue for the Catholic Schools Herald section, I thought I would investigate what research is saying about family time together. With school beginning and the family getting settled into the routine... More 

Discuss college plans and concerns with God

By Brent Yrle, Published: July 28, 2017   

I have always thought of college as some kind of foreign experience that I will go through years from now, but a scary realization recently hit me. Since I just finished my junior year at St. Joseph High School in Conway, I am soon going to be faced with... More 

Don’t react to debt collectors with fear, panic

Published: July 25, 2017   

Dear Dave, I got a call from a debt collector regarding $2,000 I owe in medical bills. I’m trying to get my finances in order and pay this off, but I’m afraid they’ll follow through on their threat to garnish my wages. Can you give... More 

What’s your priority? School, work or housing?

Published: June 29, 2017   

Dear Dave, I work weekends while attending college full-time. My parents have been generous enough to pay for most of my school expenses, and they let me live at home while I complete my degree. Still, I’m trying to figure out how to move out and... More 

Faith challenge led to a deeper understanding

By Michael Broadwater, Published: June 23, 2017   

Heart pounding, I walked through the front doors of Catholic High and began my high school experience. I was expecting to grow physically and emotionally, but I had no idea of the tremendous changes my faith life would go through. Before I go into... More 

Don’t give God the silent treatment: Pray

By Ardyn Townzen, Published: May 26, 2017   

It is state mandated that every school in Arkansas must have a one minute moment of silence before the school day. That moment is used to either reflect on the day to come, to do something quietly or to pray. Usually when you look around the room at... More 

Help teens be competent with checking account

Published: May 22, 2017   

Dear Dave, My daughter is 15, and she’s had jobs around the house and been on commission and the envelope system for years. She’s very good about saving and not spending on silly things. We recently opened a checking account for her, and... More 

Marketing critical for Catholic schools’ viability

By Vernell Bowen, Published: May 2, 2017   

Having just returned from the annual National Catholic Educators Association conference, my belief in the important role of advisory boards and the importance of marketing has been reaffirmed. Over the past four years in my orientation sessions to... More 

Should I get free tuition or go to Christian college?

Published: April 25, 2017   

Dear Dave, I am 18 years old and homeschooled. I want to continue my education this fall, and my dad works at a college near our home. I would get free tuition, but there’s another college farther from home that I like just as much — but... More 

Not enough to live the faith; must defend it, too

By Olivia Parker, Published: April 21, 2017   

Ancient people believed that their gods needed human support in the form of sacrifices — animal or even human — in order to live. God, however makes abundantly clear in the Bible that he is not like that. He does not need our sacrifices. He... More