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Looking forward to saying Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral

Catholic Schools
Week section

Catholic Schools
Week focuses
on faith, knowledge
and service

High schools
try harder to keep
alumni together

Hope means
doing extraordinary things for this
St. Bede pupil

Generations find
value in Catholic education and

Boxtops add up
for schools

offer help for
low-income families'

Pupils make
fowl discoveries
in Assumption
mummy project

HNU, Skyline
students collaborate
on mural

Salesian takes
fourth Division 5

partnership at Madeleine helps
pupils become

teacher, students honored for
community service

Mac and Cheese project collects
13,162 boxes

A campus forum
for teens to explore
their spirituality

St. Paul pupils
seek college degree

Keeping education accessible prime commitment for
De La Salle

Holy Names' Midsession
offers enriching,
non-course classes

St. Clement focused on 'Technology
for learning'

remembered at
Saint Mary's High

Catholic Schools Snaps: Number
of Schools

Catholic Schools Snaps: U.S.
Graduation Rates

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Catholic Schools Week

FACE, BASIC offer help for low-income families' tuition

Two acronyms — FACE and BASIC — help send children to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland. FACE is Family Aid — Catholic Education. BASIC is Bay Area Scholarships for Inner-City Children.

To find out more,
contact your school or

For more than 30 years, FACE, which is administered under the Office for Mission Advancement in the diocese, has provided tuition assistance for students from low-income families from kindergarten through high school.

For the 2014-15 year 680 students are receiving FACE grants. Elementary school grants of $1,750 are going to 343 students; 337 high school students are receiving grants of $3,050 each.

FACE grants are sponsored by donors, foundations and by an annual gala, which is scheduled for May 2, at Blackhawk.

In addition, a benefit concert featuring the Notre Dame Glee Club is set for March 14 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

The San Francisco-based BASIC Fund provides support to 4,000 students, kindergarten through eighth grade, in private schools throughout the Bay Area. BASIC provides scholarships to 956 students at 40 schools in the Diocese of Oakland.

The average BASIC Fund scholarship is $1,450; the maximum scholarship is $1,600. Scholarships are awarded to low-income families who fall within guidelines based on the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program, are entering private school for the first time, and have children entering kindergarten through the eighth grade in a registered private school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano or Sonoma county.

Both organizations are accepting applications for financial assistance for the 2015-16 school year. Contact your school. Additional information is available at each agency's website.

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