Bishop’s Cross Merit Grant Program for Catholic Schools Reinstituted

Eleven Schools across the State Named Recipients for 2015


By Colleen Rowan

WEST VIRGINIA—For the first time in more than five years, Bishop’s Cross Merit Grants have been awarded to the diocese’s Catholic schools to help fund innovative, creative programs for students.

Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese, made the announcement at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools in Morgantown April 26. The grant program has been reinstituted, he said, because of the success of the annual dinner.

“As a direct result of the fundraising efforts of the Bishop’s Cross events, we’ve been able to restart the Bishop’s Cross Merit Grant program,” Schmidt said. “This year, the program has given $41,000 to the most innovative programming in the schools … which covered retreats at the high school level to social awareness programming at the grade school level to better integration of 1:1 iPad and Wi-Fi programming in schools.”

Eleven schools from all over the state have been awarded the grants this year. Awardees for this year’s Merit Grants are:

—St. Francis de Sales School in Beckley for a middle school language arts project that links reading and multimedia projects;

—St. Francis de Sales School in Morgantown for creating a social justice fair at the school;

—St. Paul School in Weirton for a small group reading project;

—St. Patrick School in Weston for an innovative project using STEM sensors in the science classroom;

—Our Lady of Peace School in Wheeling for a “Peace Pals” project that matches middle school students as mentors for primary students;

—St. Michael Parish School in Wheeling for a student productivity project using Google Apps for Education and a 1:1 Chrome book initiative;

—Charleston Catholic High School to implement the Naviance program as a comprehensive college and career readiness solution at the school;

—St. Joseph Catholic School in Huntington for the band and choir program;

—Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen to implement eBackpack for all students, which is a program that will further enhance the 1:1 iPad initiative at the school;

—Madonna High School in Weirton for a school Wi-Fi initiative;

—Central Catholic High School in Wheeling to expand its retreat opportunities for students.