Episcopal Schools Week Celebration

IMG_0355 copyEDS is a member school of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. (NAES) The Association calls for an annual “Episcopal Schools Celebration” that can take many forms, and is meant to highlight the students, families, mission, and ministries of the 1,198 schools and early childhood education programs in the Episcopal Church.

At EDS our celebration includes daily prayers for Episcopal schools, our parents and volunteers, and the members of our Board of Trustees. Our festivities culminated in an all-school chapel today, featuring reflections on the strengths of our community and our living out the year’s theme. All students from first through eighth grade wrote reflections, and a representative from each grade shared their thoughts in chapel. Our worship gave thanks to God for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon us, and asked for His continued guidance and strength as we move forward. Finally, after chapel, Mr. Murray and I will visit every classroom and office to bless the campus (an Epiphany tradition) with holy water.

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DID YOU KNOW …

• There are 1,198 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs.

• Episcopal schools are found throughout the Episcopal Church, which has 109 dioceses and 3 regional areas in the states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States and in Haiti, the British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

• The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti has 254 schools, the most of any diocese of the Episcopal Church.

• Texas has 116 schools and early childhood education programs in 6 dioceses, the most of any U.S. state, commonwealth, or territory.

• There are approximately 160,000 students in Episcopal schools. The students represent significant socio-economic, racial, cultural, and religious diversity.

• Episcopal schools employ approximately 12,000 administrators, faculty, and staff members.

• Trinity School, New York City, founded in 1709, is the oldest continually operating Episcopal school.

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