The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Back to school

Catholic students around the state headed off to school with new dreams, goals and backpacks (some courtesy of Pax Christi Little Rock). In this section, you'll read about fiancial benefits for students, from ACE scholarships to new uses for 529 plans, new school principals and Ozark Catholic Academy, the first Catholic high school in Northwest Arkansas in 80 years.


Scholarships for qualifying new students available with ACE

By Malea Hargett, Published: August 20, 2018   

Being able to offer more scholarships for students in need is a goal of the Catholic Schools of Arkansas. Thanks to ACE Scholarships, based in Denver, the dream is being met with 130 new scholarships, totaling about $250,000 a year. Nine Catholic schools in Arkansas will have between 10 and 20 scholarships to offer to low-income students this fall. Eighty percent will be directed to kindergarteners or new families in the schools while the remaining can be More... 

Pax Christi LR donates more than $7,000 in school supplies

Published: August 17, 2018   

Pax Christi member Cackie Upchurch (left) and volunteer John Czarnecki hand backpacks to member Tamara Tahat (back center) and St. Theresa principal Kristy Dunn (foreground) who showed up Aug. 8 to help along with her daughter Andi, 13. More than 20 members of Pax Christi Little Rock, a Catholic social justice group, gathered to load 654 backpacks according to class supply lists for students at St. Theresa School, St. Edward School and Rockefeller Elementary, all in More... 

Arkansas’ 529 plan now an option for Catholic school tuition

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 17, 2018   

Arkansas families now have the option to use their 529 plan savings toward private K-12 education thanks to a new state law, along with the ease of access with the Gift529 app. In March, the Arkansas legislature edited the language of a statute to allow tax-free 529 plans traditionally used for college savings to be used for private education. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress in December made the new distinction, but at More... 

New principals bring new experience, ideas to schools

Published: August 17, 2018   

  Janet Edgar St. John School, Hot Springs • Hometown: Hot Springs • Education: University of Central Arkansas, bachelor’s degree in elementary education, 1996; currently working on master’s degree in leadership • Educational experience: St. John School teacher for 10 years • Educational philosophy: I believe every child can learn in the right environment with the necessary tools of academics, love and patience. • Benefits of Catholic education: I know that children who receive a Catholic education are nurtured in their faith More... 

Catholic high school opens in northwest Arkansas

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: August 16, 2018   

TONTITOWN — School supplies, new uniforms and sports physicals sound like the ordinary back-to-school checklist for students. But, for students attending Ozark Catholic Academy, northwest Arkansas’ first independent Catholic high school, heading back to school is anything but ordinary. As doors open Aug. 16, it will be to a collective cheer as students, staff, faculty, parents and local leaders celebrate the highly anticipated first day of school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the inaugural year More...