According to the HSA constitution, the purpose of our organization includes “…an opportunity for the parents, faculty and school administration to cooperate in the mutual efforts to educate our children according to Catholic principles, bringing the home and school into closer relationship … to plan and execute short-term fund raising to improve, supplement, and aid the educational processes used in our school…to afford an opportunity for the discussion of common information about the school and parish community by maintaining liaison with the school and parish administration…”
At St. Amelia School, the HSA not only meets these objectives, it exceeds them. The education of our children depends on a strong bond between the Home and the School, hence HSA. Many activities are sponsored by the St. Amelia Home School Association throughout the year to strengthen this relationship. Activities they sponsor include: Football and Pot ‘O Gold Raffles, Monte Carlo Night, Easter Candy Sale, Roller Skating Parties, Meal Ministry, Socials, Athletic Advisory, and the list goes on and on.
Treasurers – Gaetana Galante
Parent Involvement – Home School Association
Who? We are part of a nationwide, grassroots coalition of local Catholic school communities in 30 states including more than 4 million parents, 2.6 million students and 167,000 teachers. In Rhode Island, our federation represents an estimated 35,000 parents and guardians, 19,000 students and 1,400 educators.
What? We stand for educational liberty and justice for all! Educational liberty is every parent’s and guardian’s freedom to choose the learning community, educational philosophy and curriculum for their child’s full development from among qualified government-run, private and religious schools. Educational justice is equitable services and benefits for all government-run, private and religious school teachers, children and their families.
When? The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops opened the Office for Catholic School Parent Associations in 1993. We are part of this Church movement that has been and continues to be determined in our pursuit of educational liberty and justice for all students and their parents.
Where? We actively educate, advocate and mobilize in our state legislature, local communities and in Washington, DC. (Rhode Island is the 25th state to organize a federation)
Why? To promote social justice. To insure good public policy. To answer a very personal, clear and present necessity for access to Catholic schools for all who desire it.
How?1) By educating our parents, the public, the media and public policy makers through the presentation of a persuasive case;2) By advocating — building a consensus around that case; and3) By mobilizing citizens and lawmakers to enact just legislation as public policy.