Help Us Grow!
2019-20 Gap Campaign
100% participation to reach our $100,000 goal.
Every gift counts!
Our students are amazing! They have done so many wonderful things already this school year, yet that does not stop them from always trying their best to grow. This year at St. Joseph we are making a focused effort to develop a “growth mindset.” This means that no matter what we can do right now, we can each strive to grow. Our students and teachers are focusing on a growth motto each month of the school year.
“MY BRAIN IS LIKE A MUSCLE THAT GROWS!”
In 2018-19 our student test scores were in the top 15% nationally and once again met the cut scores for National Blue Ribbon Recognition. We have submitted our name for the 2020 Blue Ribbon award, and we hope to become the first two-time private school winner in the state of Arkansas! Our students’ bodies are growing, too, and we have already won conference championships in golf and cross country in 2019-20! Of course the more our students grow, the more our school grows in all areas. This year we replaced all teacher computers, upgraded our gym projector for presentations, and reached our highest enrollment of the past six years!
“I MATTER! YOU MATTER!”
We strive to grow each day because we highly value everyone who enters our building. Our dedicated faculty have fourteen years of teaching experience on average and forty percent have earned advanced degrees. These dedicated professionals provide a student to teacher ratio of 11 to 1. Eighty-six percent of our students are Catholic and fourteen percent are non-Catholic. Forty percent of our students come from ethnic minority backgrounds. Eighteen percent receive individualized service plans to provide them with the environment they need to learn. Fourteen percent qualify for free or reduced lunches. In this setting of compassion and diversity, our students know that they matter!
“EVERYONE CAN LEARN!”
While you do not come to our building each day to learn, you can be a part of our growth, too, because “Everyone Can Give!” Our students cannot reach their full growth potential without your generosity as a donor. Our budget includes a GAP CAMPAIGN goal of $85,000, but can you challenge yourself to help us grow beyond that to $100,000 again this year?
We believe that every member of the St. Joseph community can make a meaningful contribution to this year’s GAP CAMPAIGN. Last year’s donations ranged from $5-$15,000, and all costs of the campaign have already been covered by seed gifts from staff and board members. Please prayerfully consider what gift will be possible for your family. We would love to see 100% of our school families contribute and be joined by a large number of generous contributors from the parish and all around the St. Joseph community. Every contribution, whether large or small, can help a student grow. Thank you for all you do to support the St. Joseph growth mindset!
Rev. Jason Tyler, Pastor
Jason Pohlmeier, Principal
"Thank you for supporting us!"
GAP CAMPAIGN FAQ
What is purpose of this campaign?
The purpose of the Gap Campaign is to help bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating our students and the income we receive from tuition. Tuition covers only 66% of the total costs at St. Joseph Catholic School. Through the Gap Campaign, families can make a tax-deductible donation and help St. Joseph raise the additional operating funds necessary to meet the needs of our students.
When and how will gifts be used?
The Gap Campaign supports the current fiscal year's operating budget and provides the essentials that make St. Joseph an extraordinary school. When you give, you can be sure your gift is helping the school right now!
What’s the difference between this and other fundraisers?
The most significant difference is the return for your dollar. Gap Campaign expenses are minimal (printing costs, postage, and credit card fees), and are fully covered by seed gifts before you receive this mailing. Because there is such little overhead, no other fundraiser can have as meaningful of an impact on the students as direct giving.
How important is my participation?
Everyone is needed and every gift is important. The success of St. Joseph School is a testament to the support of every family who walks through our doors. 100% of the faculty and school board have already contributed to the Annual Fund. Our goal for school families is also 100% participation. Support of the parishioners and other friends of St. Joseph is invaluable as well. Whether you can give $10 or $10,000, your gift will make an impact on the lives of our students.
How can I give?
In whatever way is the most beneficial to you! The most common way is a check mailed to the school or giving online. We can also accept donations by Venmo. (Our username is sjfayschool) However, many people are able to give through donating stock, corporate matching, or other means. Some families choose to add to their existing tuition draft. If you would like to give through means not listed on this card, please call the office at 479-442-4554.