Hundreds of students from Catholic and other nonpublic schools across Maryland gathered in Annapolis on March 4 to advocate for programs that serve the state's nonpublic schools. 

Hosted by the Maryland chapter of the Council for American Private Education (Maryland CAPE) together with the Maryland Catholic Conference, Nonpublic Schools Advocacy allows students from Maryland's nonpublic schools to advocate for programs like the BOOST Scholarship Program and the Nonpublic Aging Schools program, which respectively, provide scholarships to low-income students and infrastructure funding to aging school buildings.

"Seeing Annapolis filled with students from our Catholic and other nonpublic schools is a strong reminder to the legislators that it is their constituents — students in their district — who are served by programs like BOOST," said Garrett O'Day, deputy director of the Conference, and vice-president of Maryland CAPE. "This year, education has been a central focus of the work in Annapolis, and it was great to see so many students here to show our legislature the diversity of education in our state and why those options are so important."

Students started the day at a rally with Governor Larry Hogan and a bipartisan group of legislative champions, before meeting with individual district representatives about how Maryland can, and why it should, continue to support its nonpublic schools. 

To view more pictures from the day, check out Gov. Hogan's Flickr.