HELP SANTA SAVE ST. FLORIAN SCHOOL - In an effort to help save St. Florian School from closing, the school board and marketing committee reached out to the North Pole requesting the help of Santa to help save their school. Santa received several letters from the students of St. Florian that included "saving their school" at the top of their Christmas wish lists. Santa made a commitment to the children and the community that he would be arriving on Sunday, December 7th at 5:00 PM at the St. Florian School rooftop and setting up camp until funds have reached a sustainable amount to keep the school open. YES, SANTA WILL BE ON OUR ROOFTOP UNTIL WE RAISE ENOUGH FUNDS.
We invite everyone to join in on this season of giving and help SANTA SAVE ST. FLORIAN. The children of today are our future. This school has a long history in our community, providing an excellent education and instilling faith-based character building. All donations are welcome, no donation is too small! You can make an online donation by clicking on the donation link here. Checks can be mailed to Save Saint Florian, 13110 S. Baltimore, Chicago, Illinois 60633 and cash is accepted at this location in the main office. Your contribution is tax deductible. If you would like a personal note from Santa thanking you for your donation, please be sure to include your mailing address with who to address the personal note to.
There is a sense of urgency to our plight, as Christmas is right around the corner and we need to get Santa off the roof and back to the North Pole in time for Christmas (and we also have a deadline to meet for our fundraising goals). On Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, until Santa comes down, the Hegewisch community will hold a light vigil at the school in an effort to join in support of the school's future in our community and together spread the Christmas cheer. Please join our family in caroling, bonding, entertaining, supporting, and committing to a great cause. What better time to come together as a community and show the love, respect and hope we have for each other and our school. We are a faith based community with strong family ties and we need your help to save a vital part of our family structure!
Please help Santa off the roof and into the hearts of your home in time for Christmas by making a donation today.
St. Florian and the Hegewisch Community Thank You!
We're almost at the $2k mark! Thank you!
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In direct response to the announcement made January 9th by the representatives of the Archdiocese of Chicago that St. Florian School would close after this school year, St. Florian Catholic School has launched a campaign to raise sufficient funds to come up with a balanced budget to keep the school open.
For over ten years the Archdiocese of Chicago has supported the school with $2,000 for every enrolled student. Due to the current fiscal situation, the Archdiocese is not able to continue providing operational funds. Over the last two years, our staff has worked diligently to bring our deficit down from $300,000 to $200,000 "“ a wonderful effort, but one that unfortunately falls short.
School, parish, alumni, businesses, and friends have come together as a community to develop a strategic business plan so that we can continue to provide a well-rounded, Catholic education for our children. The Saint Florian Guardian Angel plan has been presented to the Archdiocese and they have agreed to keep St. Florian open if we prove the plan to be self-sustainable.
The Save Saint Florian School Committee has asked all current families to commit to an increase in tuition of $1,200 per year to account for part of next years' deficit. We will rely on 3 year donations from "˜Angels,' and elite sponsorship from local businesses as well as large school fundraising events to fill the rest. We are asking Angels to commit to a 3 year donation of $1,200 a year to match the tuition increase for each student and businesses for a 3 year commitment in the amount of their choice. This GoFundMe account was made available for online donors who cannot fully commit to being an Angel.
As a St. Florian School supporter your donation will help put our school on firm financial footing so that we can continue the excellent work that is happening in our classrooms. For 108 years St. Florian School has graduated students from diverse families to uniform success. Ninety-seven percent of our 8th graders graduate from high school, and 90% pursue a college degree. Presently, our test scores are the highest in the deanery, and competitive with the best grammar schools, public and private, in Southeast Chicago and Northwest Indiana. We continue to improve our curriculum: this year our students are benefitting from the STEM program which focuses science, technology, engineering, and math - important skills to have in creating tomorrow's workforce.
Our goal is to be here next fall and the fall after that, serving many future generations of SFS Blazers. Your investment in St. Florian can keep our doors open, keep the highest academic standards in our community, and pay dividends for years to come. Please help.
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