What is Steps for Students?

Steps for Students is an annual event benefiting the 59 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston.  This exciting day of family fun includes a 5k USA Track and Field Association sanctioned race and post race party.  The goal of Steps for Students is to unite the greater Houston community to raise awareness of the benefit of a Catholic education and provide much needed resources for our Catholic schools.  Over 12,000 people come together each year to raise in excess of $1 million to meet these needs.

What does Steps for Students support?

Registrants have the opportunity to join a school team, designate their registration fee, less a $3 race entry-processing fee, to that school and solicit donations.  Sponsorships for the race and any undesignated registration fees or pledges support the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program.

The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program is a commitment that the Archdiocese makes to keep Catholic schools accessible, available and affordable to all families. This commitment is the hallmark of our faith and service in regards to the educational mission of the Church. With 59 schools, serving over 19,000 students, the network of Catholic Schools is the largest private school system in the state of Texas.

> Important Dates

Online Registration

Registration opens October 2017!

Last day to register and have your packet sent to your school – January 31, 2018

Packet Pickup

*Please bring your registration confirmation email to packet pickup!

For School Teams:
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Location:  St. Jerome Catholic School | 12 – 2 pm

For Individuals:
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location:  Chancery at St. Dominic Center; Morkovsky Hall Room 106 | 10 am – 3 pm

Last Chance Pick Ups:
Thursday & Friday, February 15 -16, 2018
Location: Chancery at St. Dominic Center; Morkovsky Hall Room 104 | 12 – 7 pm

No packets will be available for pickup on Race Day!

> NEW This Year!

REGISTRATION FEE

The registration fee is $20 through January 31, 2018.  After this time, the late registration fee of $30 will be charged. There is a $3 chip processing fee so $17 from each school designated registration and $27 from each late registration will directly benefit that school.  We have also added family registration for 4 people available for $70 through January 31, 2018.  $58 of a family registration will go back to the school.

NEW COURSE

We start the race next to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, and this year we will have separate start and finish lines!

> FAQs

What happens if it rains on Race Day?

Steps for Students is an all-weather race and unless there is an imminent safety concern, we will run.  IF the weather is severe, we urge you to watch our Facebook page and the Steps for Students website as these are the communication vehicles we will use to announce a delayed start or cancellation the morning of the race.  News is generally sent out to ABC-13 as well, but our primary communications tools on race day are this website and Facebook page. Make sure to “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on important information.

Can we bring pets to the race?

NO.  Please note that all pets and the people who bring them will be asked to leave.

Are strollers allowed?

Of course!  This is a family race and we welcome people of all ages.  Participants with strollers will line up at the back behind walkers to ensure that everyone is safe.

What if our school is an independent or regional school (i.e.  not a parish-based school) and doesn’t have a pastor?

We have seen great success from schools that are independent who have gone out and asked a priest from a neighboring parish (without a school) to join their team in support of Catholic education.

What do other schools do with their Steps for Students funds?

Some schools use their funds to provide additional tuition assistance to families at their school, some use funds to revamp their technology program with SMART boards and computers.  Some schools realize they have been blessed and choose to share their blessings by ‘adopting’ a school in need and give their funds to that school.