Auxiliary Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, welcomed more than 100 students from schools throughout the archdiocese to Archbishop Carroll High School May 12 in celebration of their hard work to raise funds for the four schools of special education in the archdiocese.

The “Catholic School Students for Catholic Charities” fund raising event this year saw Catholic school students in the archdiocese raise $19,577 through the Catholic Charities Appeal for Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf, St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, St. Katherine Day School and Our Lady of Confidence Day School. Participating students came up with creative ways to get donations such as dress down days, a kickball tournament, arts and crafts sales and an Easter basket raffle.

The 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal, officially launched in January, assists many programs administered by the archdiocese including housing and meals for the homeless, senior and family service centers, after school programs, community food cupboards and residential and community-based academic programs for dependent and delinquent youth, developmentally disabled and special needs children. (Photos by Sarah Webb)