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. Throughout the year, you will be hearing more. Below, we have summarized the ways to be supportive 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. Your gift supports all aspects of our student experience including the small class size and our unique Spanish curriculum. Earned income, such as tuition and fees, covers 97% of the cost of educating your child at St. Benedict's. We rely on gifts to the Acorn Fund to help bridge the gap between earned income and the actual cost of educating our children. Gifts to the Acorn Fund make possible the enhanced programs and resources that make each child's experience unique and special.
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.