Thriving in Adversity
2021-22 Gap Campaign
100% participation to reach our $100,000 goal.
Every gift counts!
We have all faced much adversity over the past two years. We have seen many commonplace parts of our lives change dramatically. Any time we face great challenges, we have an opportunity to show great strength. St. Joseph Catholic School has done just that. Our school has been thriving in the face of adversity!
We began the 2021-2022 school year as the first two-time National Blue Ribbon School among all the nonpublic schools in the state of Arkansas. We also welcomed 72 new students from 40 new families, and we have our highest enrollment in recent memory. This year’s Class of 2022 will also be our largest graduating class since we added 8th grade in 2015. This led to us adding a new junior high teacher and classroom this year. Our teachers rose to the challenge of implementing a wealth of new technological resources during the pandemic. To continue that technological growth, this year we purchased over one hundred new laptops and iPads so that every student now has access to a personal device. Our athletes are also thriving despite new obstacles. Our St. Joseph Panthers are the current champions of Boys Track and Girls Volleyball for the Heartland Christian Athletic Association. Along with all of these big-picture successes, we have remained focused on our individual students and their personal well-being in the midst of the pandemic. To recognize individual hard work and virtue, we now give monthly “Learn Love Act” awards for students who go out of their way to put the school’s mission and motto into practice in their lives and the lives of others.
You play an irreplaceable role in helping us to thrive. Through your generosity, we had the most successful Gap Campaign in school history last year with $149,478 in total donations. We hope you are ready to be a part of this success again in 2021-22! We have already received over $10,000 in seed donations, and all of our expenses are already covered. That means that every dollar you contribute goes directly to helping our students thrive. Last year’s donations ranged from five dollars to $20,000. Please prayerfully consider what gift will be possible for your family, and ask yourself, “What can I do to help a student thrive?”
We believe that every member of the St. Joseph community can make a meaningful contribution to this gap campaign. When we work together as staff, parents, grandparents, parishioners, and supporters, we can accomplish great things. When we see such great success despite the obstacles of the pandemic, we know that the sky is the limit for our community and, most importantly, our students!
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 65-70% 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.