St. Mary's School- Worcester- Campaign

$3,910 of $150k goal

Raised by 36 people in 32 months
Adam Cormier
for OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA - ST MARY'S SCHOOLS
 WORCESTER, MA
The construction of St. Mary's Elementary began in 1914 and the school first opened its doors to its students in 1915, providing excellent Catholic education for the children of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish. In 1936, St. Mary's School expanded to include high school and graduated its first senior class in 1940. In 2014, one hundred years after its founding, St. Mary's Schools not only serves the youth of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish but students throughout the Worcester area, and has students from all religious denominations and ethnic backgrounds. St. Mary's Schools continue to promote academic excellence while fostering spiritual growth in the Catholic Tradition. The community of St. Mary's Schools, along with Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, will continue to provide this excellence in education well into the future.

Due to the economic downturn, which has resulted in declining enrollment, St. Mary's Schools are embarking on an ambitious fundraising campaign to preserve our educational excellence well into the future. We are hoping to raise $750,000 between our local campaign ($400,000) and our gofundme campaign ($150,000 Phase I and 150,000 Phase II).  This money will be used to increase enrollment through effective marketing, to provide scholarships to low-income families, and to supplement the operating budget. DONATIONS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOLS, GRADES PRE-K"“12. We are currently working with alumni, corporate donors, colleges, and friends of St. Mary's Schools to reach our goal but we need your support in order to make it possible.  Check out media releases on our current situation:  Worcester Telegram and Gazette November 16  Worcester Telegram and Gazette November 18 Catholic Free Press NECN November 18 NECN November 19

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Testimonials

"St. Mary's has a true faith-based curriculum. My granddaughter's faith has been nurtured by her teachers and has grown since she started at St. Mary's in 7th grade. Her education and preparation for college is without compare."

Diana Kelly - teacher and parent

"As a parent, I found to be most impressive is the level of dedication and commitment demonstrated by the teachers. They go above and beyond. I can truly say I have never seen anything like it. Most importantly, my husband and I felt it essential for our children to experience and learn more about religion on a daily basis rather than one day a week. St. Mary's is a treasure. There is something truly special about this school."

Lee Daher - parent

"We have decided to send our girls to St. Mary's for the 1:1 attention the students receive. We love the small classes and the enthusiasm from the teachers. Our girls feel like they are a part of a "family" at school!!! They have both blossomed in the small environment St. Mary's offers."

Kristy Lewandowski - parent

St. Mary's has been a wonderful place to work. As teachers we not only teach the students the curriculum but we form them for life. My son is a changed person since entering St. Mary's in seventh grade. Due to caring and diligent teachers, great peers and a positive atmosphere, he has become a model student and athlete with religious morals.

Adam Cormier - teacher and parent

*My time at St. Mary's was the most memorable experience of my life, where I was prepared to succeed not only for college, but in life as well. I credit any current successes to my experiences at St. Mary's School.*

David Jasukonis - Class of 2010

"St. Mary's has an "all for one, one for all" attitude. Whether it was in the classroom, on the field, on the stage of the theater, or with service opportunities, I found my place in all of those places. I was, and still am, a member of a team, a family member, and one of the 150 Musketeers. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!"

Alexa "Zoey" Zukowski - Class of 2011


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Update 17
Posted by Adam Cormier
24 months ago
Today, with a new leadership team in place, there are exciting things happening at St. Mary’s. We have expanded our Pre-K program for three year old children thus enabling families to make one convenient stop in the morning and it has surpassed all expectations. Our academic programs are expanding with the inclusion of technology classes and our fall Open House was the most successful in recent history. We are making building improvements with the support of local grants. Our School Finance Committee is ensuring that we have a sustainable budget. We are committed to ensuring that the wonderful tradition of St. Mary’s Schools continues for 100 more years!

As alumni, your support is critically important and I invite you to join our Investment in Education Annual Campaign. Your support of this campaign will benefit today’s students (and those to come) by providing funds for items such as much needed scholarships and keeping up-to-date with technology as well as providing funds for some day-to-day expenses, both anticipated and not, such as the furnace which needed to be replaced last March!

As St. Mary’s approaches local foundations and businesses for funds, each will look at the number of alumni who support their alma mater. So a gift of any size to St. Mary’s today can easily double or triple in value. No gift is too small!

Thank you as you consider a gift to St. Mary’s Schools. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas season!
St. Mary's gives thanks!
St. Nicholas Feast Day
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Update 16
Posted by Adam Cormier
24 months ago
Today, with a new leadership team in place, there are exciting things happening at St. Mary’s. We have expanded our Pre-K program for three year old children thus enabling families to make one convenient stop in the morning and it has surpassed all expectations. Our academic programs are expanding with the inclusion of technology classes and our fall Open House was the most successful in recent history. We are making building improvements with the support of local grants. Our School Finance Committee is ensuring that we have a sustainable budget. We are committed to ensuring that the wonderful tradition of St. Mary’s Schools continues for 100 more years!

As friends of St. Mary's, your support is critically important and I invite you to join our Investment in Education Annual Campaign. Your support of this campaign will benefit today’s students (and those to come) by providing funds for items such as much needed scholarships and keeping up-to-date with technology as well as providing funds for some day-to-day expenses, both anticipated and not, such as the furnace which needed to be replaced last March!

As St. Mary’s approaches local foundations and businesses for funds, each will look at the number of alumni who support their alma mater. So a gift of any size to St. Mary’s today can easily double or triple in value. No gift is too small!

Thank you as you consider a gift to St. Mary’s Schools. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas season!
St. Mary's Celebrates St. Nick's Day
St. Mary's gives thanks!
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Update 15
Posted by Adam Cormier
28 months ago
We have an urgent need in our school. Some of our families have come on very hard financial times and currently have outstanding tuition bills which prevent them from enrolling in the school for the upcoming school year. We are looking for some generous people to help these struggling families to keep their children at St. Mary’s Schools. If you are so inclined to help these students in need, please send a check, made payable to Save St. Mary’s Schools, to 50 Richland St., Worcester, MA 01610. You may also use gofundme.com to send a donation. Make sure you mark for Adopt A Student. All money will go directly to helping these students in need. Thank you in advance.
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Update 14
Posted by Adam Cormier
29 months ago

With the changes with the new pastor and principal, I apologize that this has not been updated. To date our local campaign has raised $82,060 and our gofundme campaign has raised $2630.00 for a grant total of $84,690. All of these funds have been used to help to support the school. We still need to raise at total of $750,000. We could especially use your support during summer months. If all of our followers on facebook, twitter and those who have visited the gofundme site gave $100.00, we would already have reached our goal. You will all be blessed in heaven!
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$3,910 of $150k goal

Raised by 36 people in 32 months
Created April 03, 2014
All funds raised go directly to:
OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA - ST MARY'S SCHOOLS
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Worcester, MA
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SL
$200
Scott Lorusso
21 months ago
FJ
$10
Frederick R. Forrett Jr.
26 months ago (Monthly Donation)
FJ
$10
Frederick R. Forrett Jr.
27 months ago (Monthly Donation)
NK
$250
Neil Kelley
28 months ago

Adopt a Student 2014-2015

FJ
$10
Frederick R. Forrett Jr.
28 months ago (Monthly Donation)
AD
$100
Alicia and Richard Danek
29 months ago
PB
$500
Phyllis and David Bottegal
29 months ago

God bless St Mary's Forever.....building the roads in this world to His Kingdom.....

RR
$100
Regina M Renaud
29 months ago
DS
$100
Diane (Kwasniewski) Sanders
29 months ago

Class of 1971

FJ
$10
Frederick R. Forrett Jr.
29 months ago (Monthly Donation)
Fred Forrett
30 months ago

Make a donation! You won't regret it! You may regret not making one, even a small one.

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