Now more than ever, our world needs good people. Humanity has experienced an intensely historic few months, and has been witness to the best and worst of how people can treat one another. At St. John’s School in Alden, we know this in our hearts; together with our families, our number one goal has always been to help our students become the best people they can be in their communities.
As the only Catholic School in our rural area, we have been graduating truly good people since 1853 - and many of our current families have been with us for several generations! It is rare to find such a treasured institution with strong, faith-based roots, which remains modern and continues to provide a high-quality education to this day.
This mission is incredibly impactful, and as a school, we’ve been thinking: What can we do to help our mission continue to thrive when it’s more important than ever? With COVID-19 changing the face of how schools operate, we’re proud to say that we’ve embraced the challenge, and our students are continuing to grow during this dynamic “At-Home Learning” period. We’re now building a cohesive plan for use in the current pandemic, to enable us to combine a classroom of students learning in the building and at home, which will be implemented at the start of the next school year. Our staff and student safety is our highest priority, and while challenging, we are excited about the innovative choice we can give our families.
Unfortunately, with a temporary financial gap coming at a pivotal budgeting point in our process, we knew it was time to ask for help. Our finance committee has determined that with the sudden combined shortfall of planned subsidies from the government and diocese, the decreased offertory from the lack of in-person Masses during the NYS PAUSE, the inability of our H.S.A (our parent association) to continue their hard-working fundraising efforts for the year, and in anticipation of additional costs of social distancing measures and increase in cleaning/sanitization schedules, we must bridge a temporary budget gap of $100,000.
We have faced challenges in the past, but as in our good moments and in our times of trouble, our Faith has kept us on the right course. God has given us the incredible gift of a supportive community that continues to believe in what we aspire to, and endeavor to be part of our mission. We have relied on these steadfast and generous families, parish, alumni, and community to be the “Friends of St. John’s”. The enduring support - emotional, financial and volunteer - of our friends has been essential, and we are forever grateful.
Know that we are working on safely pivoting our fundraising models to continue being successful beyond this challenging time, and we have brainstormed innovative paths that can help proactively stimulate our incoming revenue. Please consider being a “Friend of St. John’s” and supporting our school, teachers and students in this time of need. Your contribution will go directly to the school and will be used to support our education programs and the teachers that are needed to continue our high academic and moral standards, the cost of additional sanitization procedures, and additional PPE materials for students and staff.
Your generosity can help us continue to thrive for generations to come! You can donate in these helpful ways:
One Time Friendly Gift - A one-time donation that will help us to reach our necessary goal and address any immediate financial challenges that may arise as we begin to reopen following the COVID-19 Pause.
Monthly Friendship - A set monthly donation amount that will help to ensure the continued sustainability of our financial goals.
You may contact me, Mrs. Jonna Johnson (school principal), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (716) 937-9483, if you have any additional questions or if you would like to use a check or cash donation.
Now more than ever, our world needs good people… together with our families, you can help us to continue the important mission of teaching our kids to be morally and ethically strong. Our Catholic Schools need to continue to succeed and thrive!