Some people claim that the best things in life are free.  For families in Otsego, Michigan, who value Catholic education, this saying may take on new meaning.  Starting next school year, Saint Margaret Catholic School will offer new families the opportunity to enroll their children tuition-free for the first nine weeks.

Magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, and new software, among a wide array of other materials and services, are all usually associated with free trials.  Perhaps a similar approach for Catholic schools will find the same success.  For an education system whose greatest challenge is getting students to fill the seats, giving families an incentive to at least see if Catholic schools are right for their children –and experience the benefits of such – may just prove to be an ingenious strategy.