Monday, March 1, 2010

G.R.A.C.E Offers Catholic Families Hope

If you are a Georgia resident who cares about the education of our young people, especially if you have young children yourself, you need to read this. If you are not a Georgia resident, you need to read this because you may have something similar in your state. If you don't have anything like G.R.A.C.E in your state, you need to contact your local bishop and state representatives and tell them about G.R.A.C.E. While word is starting to get out about G.R.A.C.E, I believe it is still relatively unknown to most people. I hope that this post will be news to at least one person. We need to get this message out because well education is important and this program is a no-brainer. So what exactly is G.R.A.C.E, and why am I so excited about it?

G.R.A.C.E stands for Georgia Residents Assisting Children's Education. In short, tax payers in the state of Georgia can elect to redirect tax dollars to fund scholarships for students whose families would like to send them to Catholic school. Donation limits are set at $2,500 for families that file jointly and $1,000 for individual filings and this money is a 100% tax credit. What does this mean? If you donate $1000 to fund G.R.A.C.E., your taxes will be reduced by $1000. When we pay taxes, a large portion of that goes to fund public schools. So you can either help families who are struggling financially but would like to send their kids to Catholic schools or you can fund public schools through your taxes. There is nothing wrong with funding public schools through taxes, but given the choice I'd much rather send my money to Catholic schools. I went to a Catholic elementary school and not only was it great formation as far as from a faith perspective, but Catholic schools are proven to be academically superior to public schools. I know this to be true from personal experience. I learned more in 5th grade at my Catholic elementary school than I did in all of middle school. In fact, I usually say that Middle School made me dumber. Georgia passed a law in 2008 to make G.R.A.C.E possible. Very few states have laws similar to Georgia's law. If your state does have a law similar to the one in Georgia, find out if you have a similar opportunity in your state. There is much more information about G.R.A.C.E at their website. I will post the site below. Please take some time to read more about G.R.A.C.E on the website and consider making a 100% tax deductable donation to help out Catholic youth realize their academic and faith growing potential. Please spread the word about this wonderful cause. Thank you and God bless!


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