In 1992, the Development Committee was created to "develop" ways to raise much needed funds for our school, without using our children as door-to-door sales people. It was decided that our children’s only job was to be students and take away the worry and responsibility of funding our school. That year, the traditional magazine drive was replaced with the inaugural “Annual Giving Campaign”. The results were tremendous... more than twice the funds were raised, and not one family bought an un-needed magazine; not one child had to "sell" for us; and all donations were tax-deductible.
Since then our annual gala, “Evening to Treasure” dinner/auction, has also been created. These two events are the primary family/parishioner “friend of parish” fundraisers for our school. If we were to depend solely on tuition and the parish subsidy, we would have difficulty in affording the "extras" that make Blessed Sacrament School a safe environment, academically superior, with up-to-date technology. From these two events alone, our tuition is lowered by over $400 per student. Specific examples of how funds are used include but are not limited to: purchasing new classroom windows, white boards for each room, laptops, Ipads, maintenance of technology, and Math, Reading, and Spanish specialists’ salaries.
The Development Committee is appointed by the school Principal and consists of six to eight parents, as well as the Principal and Pastor. This governing body meets monthly. They organize, implement, and manage the two major fund raisers. They collectively distribute monies to promote the spiritual and academic successes of Blessed Sacrament School to the community.
Development activities include: Circle of Life, Memory Walk and Memorial Program, Blessings (Spring) & GrandNEWS (Fall) Newsletters, School Web Site, Newspaper & Media Publicity, New Parent Orientation, Fine Arts Night, Evening to Treasure, and Annual Giving Campaign.
*Note: All parents are REQUIRED to become VIRTUS certified and it is their responsibility to remain compliant in order to participate directly with any child in any classroom setting/grounds. (See VIRTUS page)