Three local Catholic elementary and special learning schools represented by principals and advancement directors participated with a select group of nearly 100 Catholic Elementary School leaders from 22 states across the country at a recently completed national conference.

The four-day conference, hosted and presented by Boston-based Partners in Mission, provided a sole focus on the challenges, issues, and opportunities for the advancement of the mission of Catholic education at the elementary school level.

Attending the conference were: Kathy Napolitano, principal, and Ruth Butler, director of advancement, Sacred Heart School, West Reading; Nancy Schwartz, director of development, St. Ignatius Loyola Regional School, West Lawn and Mary Adams, principal and Camille Stock, director of advancement, John Paul II Center for Special Learning, Shillington.

Partners in Mission Founder, Larry Furey opened the conference by noting that 'for decades Catholic secondary schools have modeled highly successful advancement programs to enhance their enrollments and philanthropic support after the programs in place at leading colleges and universities, the time is now for Catholic elementary schools to advance their mission by modeling the fundamental principles of a strong advancement program.'

Attendees certainly concurred that the time has come to strengthen Catholic elementary schools through professional advancement.

Educational presentation by nationally recognized advancement leaders at the secondary school and higher education level as well successful directors of advancement and principals from elementary schools, small group discussions, and a host of networking opportunities provided the fundamentals and initial program applications sought by the attendees.

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