Congratulations to the
2022 CPS Leadership Award Winners!

Thank you – from the bottom of our hearts – to all those that shared their stories of HOPE with us in the CPS Leadership Awards!

It was incredibly difficult to choose just four because every story was a beautiful example of community, inspiration, hope, and love – in the true spirit of Jesus. Our CPS team is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about what makes each school special, unique, and treasured. You are all truly inspiring! We are so honored to serve this community.⁠

Congratulations again to our winners! (Check out their stories below.) We HOPE these awards continue to feed your spirit and fuel your inspiration.


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Christ the King School Fort Smith, AR

This elementary school’s story of hope, community, and resilience is inspirational. After being faced with unspeakable familial loss in their community, they let HOPE be their guide. Here’s just a little bit of their submission: ⁠

“Hope has been what has gotten us through. Hope for the cross, hope for heaven, and hope in humanity… Our community has a tagline of ‘One Team, One Dream,’ and we continually live that out by serving each other and acting as Jesus would. Our little school family is one we are immensely proud of and again, it is because we have HOPE!”⁠

Christ the King School has also been recognized as a Purple Star School for its dedication to supporting and serving military children and their families. ⁠

Keep up the inspiring work, Christ the King School! ⁠


Highland Catholic School St. Paul, MN

Congratulations to Highland Catholic School from St. Paul, MN! This clever community came together to develop a “Top 10 List” of reasons why their school is filled with HOPE. Check it out! ⁠

“This list is loaded with HOPE! Come and visit this amazing school to witness hope in action.⁠

  1.  We care about each other. ⁠
  2. Everyone is welcome here. ⁠
  3. We live our faith. ⁠
  4. We develop the whole child. ⁠
  5. Our teachers ROCK! ⁠
  6. Learning happens here. ⁠
  7. We’re the right size. ⁠
  8. Our community is large but tight-knit. ⁠
  9. We have strong leaders and we grow strong leaders. ⁠
  10. We make it work!”⁠

Keep rockin’ it, Highland Catholic! ⁠


St. Francis De Sales School Philadelphia, PA

These teachers have answered the call, and are sharing their amazing gifts with their students and the school community. Here’s the submission from the Principal: ⁠

“I am so inspired by our teachers on a daily basis. They know that teaching is not a job, but a mission and a passion. They do so many extraordinary things! They purchased clothes, food, and supplies for needy families, and just the other day we received word that three children from Afghanistan were coming to our school. Immediately, the teachers volunteered to buy their school supplies. So these children will start on Monday with uniforms, school bags, and school supplies. What a lesson of love, God’s love, to these refugees.”⁠

Thank you for inspiring us all, Teachers! ⁠

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St. Nicholas School Sunman, IN

We’re also thankful that St. Nicholas School in Sunman, IN shared their “small schools are a family” theme with us, and that’s why they’re our final CPS Leadership Award winner! Here’s what they had to say: ⁠

“Our staff collectively inspires our students. Since we are a small school (184 total students, PreK-8) each staff member knows every student by name. We encourage them, challenge them, care about them, show concern for them, and share our faith with them on a daily basis. While they all have one homeroom teacher, they actually have 23 teachers/staff that consider each of them ‘our kid.'”⁠

What a beautiful environment to grow in, St. Nicholas School! ⁠

St. Rose of Lima School

And a big THANK YOU to Virco, one of our partners that supports today’s dynamic learning in classrooms all across our Nation and beyond!⁠

Virco is generously giving away an inspiring furniture package to one lucky school that we’ve randomly selected from all of our CPS Leadership Award entrants. ⁠

Congrats to St. Rose of Lima School in Monroeville, IN! They’ll be receiving 4 Leaf Floor Tables and 12 Zuma Floor Rockers from Virco! These are just a few gems from Virco’s versatile furniture collection which supports classroom flexibility — and gives students the opportunity to move while being engaged, comfortable and productive. ⁠

Enjoy, St. Rose of Lima students! ⁠


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