St. Benedict’s Episcopal School encourages a culture of generosity as we work together to ensure the best possible education for our students. As a family at St. Benedict’s, we appreciate your consideration of how you can use your time, talents and treasure to support our school. We offer multiple ways to support our school and the community, and you will be hearing more details throughout the year. We have summarized the ways to be supportive below in four distinct categories: The Annual Acorn Fund; The Parent’s Association; Our Community; and Volunteer Opportunities.
The Annual Acorn Fund
St. Benedict’s Annual Acorn Fund Campaign is the school’s most important giving priority. Gifts to the Acorn Fund directly support St. Benedict’s unique model of education. Our mission is to provide a diverse faith-based education in the Episcopal model with high standards of excellence, and your gift supports all aspects of our student experience including the small class size and our unique Spanish curriculum. While tuition and fees cover most of the costs of educating students at St. Benedict’s, we aim to keep tuition affordable so the Acorn Fund is a critical component of our annual budget, supporting almost 4% of the school’s annual budget.
Last year, our community was so generous. Gifts to the Acorn Fund ranged from $5 to $6,000 and parent participation exceeded 75%! The amount each family and individual gives is a personal decision; we just hope that all members of our community will participate to the best of their ability. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount.
Our 2016 Annual Acorn Fund has a participation goal and a financial goal. We seek 100% parent participation to raise $200,000 in financial support. As in all great independent schools, parent participation is critical and demonstrates the loyalty, commitment, and generous spirit of our school community. Not only does your gift help the School reach the 2016 Acorn Fund monetary goal, but parent participation is viewed as an indicator of community support for the school and its mission. This indicator is carefully evaluated by outside Foundations and Corporations when we approach them for grants.
Acorn Fund gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. The 2016 Acorn Fund kicks off with a parent celebration and party on August 27 and will continue through the fall. Payments are due by June 30, 2017, and gifts received by December 31, 2016 are eligible for a 2016 tax deduction.
The St. Benedict's Parent's Association
St. Benedict’s Parent Association (PA) is a group of volunteer parents committed to enhancing the education of all our students. The PA is committed to raising funds to support the needs of the school and to financially support our teachers, staff and administration through Christmas and Year-End gifts. Specifically, the PA raises funds in the following ways:
1. Parent Association Dues
2. Wreath Sales at Christmas: We hope each family can join us in selling wreaths to family and friends. We ask that each family sell three wreaths or donate $45 per child.
3. May Day Event. This family friendly day in early May is a school favorite! Each class helps contribute to the silent auction, and we charge an entry fee of $5 per child.
4. Requests for Christmas and Year-End gifts for teachers, staff, and administration. At Christmas and in the spring, parents will be asked to give to our teacher fund. St. Benedict's suggests that parents give gifts to their teachers in this way instead of giving personal gifts.
In addition to fundraising, the PA is proud to host several events throughout the year to foster community. Events include movie nights, a father/son campout, a book fair, a middle school social, a Fun Run, sporting events, a mother/son bowling night and a daddy/daughter dance.
Sponsoring our Community with Your Gifts
St. Benedict’s is a part of a larger church community committed to helping meet some of the needs in our city. Throughout the year, school families will be asked to support these efforts. Examples include our toiletry, coat, toy and food drives for MUST Ministries; Pennies for Paws which support Atlanta Pet Rescue; and the raffle sale for Path to Shine.
Volunteering at St. Benedict's
Your gift of time to St. Benedict's helps to model your commitment and priority to your child's education. We offer a great number of ways to volunteer from being a mystery reader in your child's classroom, to party planning, decorating classrooms and bulletin boards, event planning and extra "hands on deck" at events, to administrative tasks like making calls for annual giving, working in the office or taking a leadership role in our Parent Association. Please stay tuned this fall when we put out a call to meet specific needs. St. Benedict's will be a better place with your help and engagement.