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Meet Elaine McDowell. After celebrating her “retirement” from 45 years in teaching and administration in Catholic education, Elaine tells us the story of how she came into her profession, the obstacles she overcame raising her own family, and how she has witnessed the transformational impact BLOCS donors have had on the students and families with whom she has been blessed to build relationships over the course of her career. Click the button below to watch an inspiring video of Elaine.
Big week for BLOCS scholarship recipient Ryanne Allen and her Archbishop Wood basketball squad who captured PCL and District XII titles. Ryanne was named Philadelphia Catholic League 1st Team and will be competing for a State Championship this weekend! Congratulations and GOOD LUCK ladies!!! Grateful for our donors who help make it possible for so many students. #BuiltByBLOCS #thankfulthursday
“My Catholic Education is a gift because it teaches me in many ways to become more like Jesus and grow closer to God.” We couldn’t have said it any better! Artwork submitted by: Cameron, a former 3rd grader from Corpus Christi School #incrediblekidday #BuiltByBLOCS #thankfulthursday #catholiceducation
Megan McDonnell – #BuiltByBLOCS
While March is the official month to highlight women, at BLOCS we are grateful to celebrate amazing women like Megan all year. Hear her story and find out why our families are #BuiltByBLOCS by clicking the button below.
#Gratitude #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2021 #OvercomingAdversity#Family #Scholarships#CatholicEducation
It’s #ThankfulThursday! We recently caught up with the Thomas family and we’re thrilled to hear how Catholic education and Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School have played such a transformational role in providing pathways to success for student-athletes like Kevin and Destinee. We wish Kevin continued blessings as he pursues his dream to play Division I football. His family proudly reports he is a 4-star Football recruit and Track & Field All-American. Our donors continue to help student-athletes like Kevin chase their dreams on the field and in the classroom. Congratulations! #BuiltByBLOCS
Getting ready to usher in a minor facelift at our offices and we can’t wait to hang up our talented students’ artwork! An every day reminder of so many creative children who are #BuiltByBLOCS #worldartday202. Because of our donors’ generosity, we are able to provide an education to these deserving families. Click HERE to give now.
PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY –> This is just one example of many who have been on the receiving end of BLOCS tuition aid, only to later #payitforward by making a donation after their children have graduated. This faith-filled giving underscores how God calls us to be generous, and how, in turn, He rewards our faith by ensuring we have our financial needs met. We are so grateful for all of donors who continue to make Catholic education possible. #BuiltByBLOCS
Meet BLOCS Scholarship recipients Rachel, a Senior on the softball team, and Michaelann, a Junior field hockey player, at the Bonner Prendie Donor Reception. Both reflect on their decision to attend Bonner Prendie as an easy one. “Everyone says it, we’re like a family,” remarks Rachel, whose mother is Prendie alumna. Michaelann adds that she feels an immediate sense of belonging, with not only her Mom and family members who attended Bonner Prendie, but with the entire BP alumni community. When Michaelann’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, “someone wrote my Mom’s name on the prayer board at school…I never even thought to do that…it was so overwhelming having people we didn’t even know pray for us.” Having chosen a Catholic education after attending public school through 8th grade, she adds how being a part of the Prendie community has built her faith in ways she previously didn’t know were possible: “I genuinely think the power of prayer got us through.” Rachel, who plans to attend West Chester University in the fall, shares a similar story as her classmate. Her mother was also diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006 and relapsed in ’14. Rachel cites life-changing experiences like Bonner Prendie’s annual retreat, the same one her Mom got to participate in years ago, as enriching her spiritually and helping her to develop strong friendships with students in every grade. The girls proudly show off their class rings, noting it’s yet another visible reminder and signal to others in the community who light up when they see another Prendie student, that they are a part of a family for life.
BLOCS 2021 DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS
Congratulations to all of the BLOCS Scholarship Recipients honored at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Catholic Secondary Schools’ 41st Annual Academic Honors Convocation. #BuiltByBLOCS
The Ferris Family
Mom Lara and daughter Bridget, Class of ’21 at Pope John Paul II High School, reflect on how the family’s roots in Catholic education have shaped who they are and prepared them for future success. Through support of the #BuiltByBLOCS campaign, donors have helped to make scholarships a reality for so many families. @pjphighschool
We want to send a special note of THANKS to all of the incredible teachers who showed their resourcefulness and dedication to their students throughout such a challenging school year. We are so grateful for all you do, year in and year out. Cheers to a happy and healthy summer! #BuiltByBLOCS #gratitude#graduation2021
#BuiltByBLOCS – Mercy Career & Technical High School
Go behind the scenes with @mercyctephilly x #BLOCS Scholarship students: Kiley, Asia, Hannah and Riley. Four students on different career paths – all united around a motivation to succeed while pursuing their life’s purpose. We will go in depth in a four-part video series highlighting each student over the coming weeks. #BuiltByBLOCS #ThankfulThursday#MercyStrong #MercyProud
Twin sisters Kelsey and Kristen Dunn, Bishop Shanahan (’21), and their Mom Lori, reflect on hardships they have faced as a family, why Catholic Education has provided a sense of community during struggles, and how Shanahan & BLOCS have paved a way for academic success, while preparing the girls for higher education and beyond.
#BuiltByBLOCS – Lorena Zuniga
Meet Mrs. Zuniga, a member of the Holy Trinity community who pays her son’s BLOCS scholarship support forward by serving as a translator for Spanish speaking families, and whose husband donates his time & expertise to building and renovating the school and parish campus. This is the true essence of a family who is #BuiltByBLOCS.
#payitforward #gratitude #scholarships#family #faith #CatholicEducation
A behind the scenes look at a Built By BLOCS profile video with some phenomenal BLOCS Scholarship students from Cristo Rey
Meet the Logan family, who remind us how grateful we are to our donors who make opportunities like that of the Logan family a reality, and for our amazing partner schools.
ALL SMILES for Back to School 2021! Wishing everyone a wonderful year. Want to learn more about how you can support a BLOCS student and receive a 90% tax credit? Click in the menu above!