I sent a message via the phone over the weekend, but wanted to share my thoughts in writing for all to see.
Let me begin by thanking you for ALL the support you have given to make this year successful for our students. I have expressed gratitude numerous times for the extraordinary steps we are all taking to make in-person education a possibility.
Now I would like to share a little bit of our financial situation with you all. You make tremendous sacrifices to pay the tuition, and for that we are most grateful. The tuition does not cover the exact cost of educating your child at St. Peter’s. Each year our school raises about $150,000.00 in fundraising to offset that cost. We have Bingo which brings in $50,000. Christmas Fair $13,000, Calendar Drive $9,500, Auction $40,000. Musical $35,000, Golf Tournament $10,000. and the list goes on. Last year due to the closure on March 13th, our school lost $230,000 in revenue including the fundraisers. We applied for the CARES Act money from the Government and were able to keep personnel on the payroll and make it through the August 31st closing of the budget year.
That brings us to this year…still no Bingo, no Live Dinner and Auction, etc.
I am grateful for all of you who have stepped up to raise money. Our 12 days of Christmas raised twice what the fair usually makes, the calendar drive brought in $4,000. more than ever before. A Mom set up a Super Bowl pool and sold out three. The day after she arrived at the door with $3,000. In cash. Another Mom works with Texas Roadhouse to sell rolls and dinners and send us checks for our participation.
It seems like every week another fundraiser arrives in your child’s school bag. I wish there was another way, but our purpose, other than the obvious budget obligation is to provide “something for everyone”.
Pick and choose what works for your family and social media friends, please. If every family helps in some way, we will be successful in our efforts.
If you have ideas or want to help, let us know. All are welcome.
Thank you for All that you do, most importantly the trust you place in us to walk this educational journey with your children.