ACUE grateful for year-end giving, gifts that help its mission
The Messenger, December 18, 2015
Last December, William J. Yung and his wife, Martha, provided a year-end pledge to the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education (ACUE) of more than $250,000 over five years. It is the largest gift in the ministry’s history. The funds help ACUE meet the tuition assistance needs of economically disadvantaged students who attend one of the six diocesan urban elementary schools.
Mr. Yung, a native of Bellevue, commented, “This is the first charity brought to my attention that makes a lot of sense and will do a lot of good.”
Approximately 50 percent of ACUE students live in poverty.
“Education is, and has been, the Church’s best tool in the fight against poverty,” said Beth Ruehlmann, development director for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington. “Just as poor urban immigrant children of centuries past improved their social condition through Catholic education, disadvantaged children in our core urban communities today are afforded the same opportunity through the continued presence of and access to the Catholic schools in their neighborhoods. Ninety percent of ACUE eighth-grade graduates enroll in a Catholic high school. Of those, 98 percent will attend college or pursue further education or training.”
The six ACUE schools are Holy Cross Elementary, Latonia; Holy Family Elementary, Covington; Holy Trinity Elementary and Junior High, Bellevue and Newport; Prince of Peace Elementary, Covington; St. Anthony Elementary, Taylor Mill; and St. Augustine Elementary, Covington. The schools offer K-8 instruction to children regardless of their faith. In fact, 45 percent of ACUE students are not Catholic.
“The purpose of our schools is to serve the urban neighborhoods, not just those of our faith tradition,” said Mrs. Ruehlmann.
“We are very grateful to the Yungs for their gracious example of goodwill. Their kindness and generosity toward ACUE certainly does ‘a lot of good’ as it impacts not only the children and their families, but our community as well,” Mrs. Ruehlmann said.
To learn more about ACUE and its ministry among the urban communities of Campbell and Kenton counties, please visit covdio.org/schools/acue/ or contact Beth Ruehlmann at (859) 392-1500.
Last December, William Yung and his wife, Martha, provided a year-end pledge to the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education of more than $250,000 over five years. It is the largest gift in the ministry’s history.