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Rallies Monday for Textbook Funding Relief

Rallies to encourage continued Maryland General Assembly support for a textbook loan program for non-public school students are scheduled to take place on Monday, January 7, 2002 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at 14 different Catholic school locations across the Archdiocese.

The program authorizes the state to purchase non-religious textbooks for loan to children attending non-public schools. Last year, the General Assembly approved Governor Glendening’s request for a second year program investment of $5 million. In the Fiscal Year 2000 budget, a program investment of $6 million was approved.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators and others from schools around the region will gather at the following locations.

Arthur Slade School, Glen Burnie
St. Clare School, Essex
Resurrection/St. Paul School, Ellicott City
John Paul Regional School, Baltimore
St. Joan of Arc School, Aberdeen
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Baltimore
Mount St. Joseph High School, Baltimore
St. Ursula School, Baltimore
Archbishop Curley High School, Baltimore
Cardinal Shehan School, Baltimore
St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown
Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg
St. John School, Westminster
Bishop Walsh High School, Cumberland (cancelled here only due to snow)

Media are invited to attend the rallies. School locations and contact information can be found by accessing the www.archbalt.org website. Media point of contact is Ray Kempisty or Matt Lane, (410) 547-5379.