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St. Rita School named to honor roll

St. Rita School in Alexandria was recognized as a Catholic Education Honor Roll (CEHR) school by the Cardinal Newman Society, becoming the first elementary school in Virginia and one of five K-8 elementary schools in the United States to receive the honor March 28.

This is the first year the award has been opened to elementary schools since the Cardinal Newman Society was founded in 2004. The program, which recognizes schools that demonstrate strong Catholic identity and principles in education, has recognized more than 300 schools across the country.

“We are very pleased to have St. Rita School join in the nationally recognized ranks of excellence,” said Denise Donohue, CEHR program coordinator. “This is a select group. The school has well demonstrated they are successful in meeting the key principles that guide Catholic education.”

“It is great affirmation for St. Rita School to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll,” said Principal Mary Pat Schlickenmaier. “This distinction confirms our commitment to the mission of Catholic education. I am proud to be the principal of a school where the priests, administration, students, parents, teachers and staff work tirelessly to ensure that a strong Catholic identity permeates all that we do in preparing our students to be future leaders in both this world and the next.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019