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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2006 - 117 Share in the Spirit h ps students with tuition The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington will conduct its sec- ond annual Share in the Spirit tuition assistance collection at all masses Sept. 23 and 24. Contributions made to the collec- tion go into the diocese's Vision for the Future education fund, which was created in the early 1990s to provide financial support to the families of needy children who desire to attend Catholic schools. Parishioners throughout the diocese, which includes the entire state of Delaware and nine coun- ties on Maryland's Eastern Shore, contributed more than $240,000 in the first Share in the Spirit col- lection, held in September 2005. These contributions helped build the fund, making additional money available for needy fami- lies this school year, but still not nearly enough to meet the entire need, according to the diocese's Development Office, which administers the fund. "My heart breaks when I realize the hunger that so many of our parents have for Catholic school education for their children, and how many of these children unfor- tunately will be deprived simply because of economics," said Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli. For the upcoming school year, grants totaling almost $580,000 - IF YOU'RE NO AT YO U R LAST J 0 B, YOUR 401(K) SHOULDN'T BE EITHER. AARP plans regional conference AARP CEO Bill Novelli will be a featured speaker at the upcoming American Planning Association Conference From Urban to Suburban and Back to be held Oct. 4-6 at the Doubletree Hotel, located on King Street in Wilmington. Novelli will talk about improv- ing housing and transportation so people can live independently longer, one topic covered in his recently published book "50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America." The regional conference designed for planning profession- als, local planning commission members, elected officials and the public - will feature session tracks focusing on Planning for the Aging Population, Regional Planning, Environmental Issues, Regional Transportation, and Professional Development for Planners. Other speakers include Dr. John Byrne, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, and John Norquist, presi- dent and CEO of Congress for the New Urbanism. To register for the conference, call Dave Hugg at 302-653-3113 or visit www. pa/conf.html. $60,000 more than last year, have been made to the families of 398 children who attend 27 different parish or diocesan schools. These grants provided families with 50 to 70 percent of the financial aid they needed to attend Catholic schools. Overall, the diocese received aid applications from 642 families with a total of 1,039 children. The number of students seek- ing aid increased 28 percent from the 808 who applied for the 2005- 06 school year. The Private School Aid Service, which ana- lyzes the aid applications, deter- mined it would have required more than $1.5 million in assis- tance to meet the needs of all qualifying families. The diocese launched the Share in the Spirit collection last year in recognition of this increasing need, and Saltarelli envisions a series of successful campaigns as the path toward achieving a cher- ished goal. "Idealistically, we would want to guarantee that every child of every parent, regardless of their economic status, could have access to the benefits of a Catholic school education," he said. "Idealistic, sure. Possible, why not?" Saltarelli noted that many mem- bers of his generation and some of today's Catholic school parents as well, received a free education in parish schools in an era when most teachers were members SALTARELLI of religious orders. "So many of us were beneficiar- ies of the heroic labors and sacri- fices of the religious who staffed our schools," he said. "I recognize the need for us to pass on that gift to the children of this present gen- eration. 'rhis is why we're reaching out to the entire population, those with children, those with grand- children, and those who have ben- efited from those early sacrifices, now so that all those who want a Catholic school education will be accommodated." Catherine Weaver, acting super- intendent of diocesan schools, stresses the importance of ensur- ing that Catholic schools remain accessible to all families, regard- less of their income level. "Catholic education cannot become exclusive because of affordability. It would be contrary to the values our faith espouses," she said. "Education is expensive," Weaver said. "Meeting the cOsts of a quality education has become increasingly challenging for fami- lies and for parishes. 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