St Mary Star of the Sea School

$3,210 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 51 months
In today’s economic times, the cost of private schooling has made Catholic Education a difficult challenge for those seeking to afford their children with the same type of education they themselves received.  St. Mary Star of the Sea School has provided quality, faith-based education for over 60 years. Located near Midway Airport in Chicago, St. Mary Star of the Sea has produced graduates who have become doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, nurses, politicians, first responders, medical technicians, business and finance professionals, professional athletes, and educators as well as skilled trade workers, paraprofessionals, and many career driven individuals. Currently, 50% of the teachers and staff at St. Mary’s are alumni of the school.

              In addition to providing an education aligned with the Common Core State Standards and an Arts Integrated Curriculum, the students of St. Mary Star of the Sea enjoy many extra-curricular activities. These include band, scouting, sports, Student Council, after school tutoring, and clubs, such as the running club and Lego club. The students participate in service projects that benefit the school and community. We also have an extended day program for students to enjoy time after school to complete homework, play games, or socialize at the school playground in a supervised, secure environment.

              Over previous decades, the Archdiocese of Chicago and St. Mary’s Parish have significantly supported the cost of educating enrolled students. Just as economic hardships have fallen on many families, they too, have been impacted. St. Mary’s needs your help to continue to provide a strong, Catholic education to children in a neighborhood where public schools are abundant, but not always the first choice for parents.    We have acquired a significant amount of debt. By lowering this debt, we will insure our mission of providing a Catholic education into the future.

              At St. Mary Star of the Sea, we are a family; past, present, and future. We love our school and our community. Our bonds cross generations and extend across the nation. Your donation supports our drive to remain a viable school in the Archdiocese of Chicago and allows us to keep our family together. A donation to reduce our debt would solidify our future as the Archdiocese looks to close schools that are not self-sustaining.

              As we continue into the 2014-2015 school year and look forward to next fall, we ask that you invest in our future and become part of the St. Mary Star of the Sea family. Thank you for reading our story. We hope to gain your support.

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"While it may not seem like much, with so many alumni our dollars can add up. Consider donating with a friend or 2 to even give the $5 minimum. Please consider giving even a few dollars if that's all you can to support a school that helped shape so many lives. "

This message was sent to me by an anonymous donor... something to think about and act upon...please. Mrs. U
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Hello graduates! Please consider helping St. Mary's school remain open. If all of you donated five, ten, twenty dollars... we could have a future. We NEED help now. Our school helped you build the foundations of faith n academics... friendships and talents. Won't you please help us continue this mission? Mrs. U
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Thank you to the Almanza family. I appreciate their support and ask our other families - past and current, to consider the same. We, St. Mary's, need this support to continue our mission. Please seriously consider a donation... any size. Mrs. Usauskas
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We have been blessed by two anonymous donors over the fast few days. We thank you for supporting our school.
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Patti Zeleznak
50 months ago

Being that not only did BOTH of our daughters ( @Adrienne_Elizabeth /class of 2002 and @Allie_Zeleznak /class of 2004 ) matriculate from St. Mary Star of the Sea School, AS DID numerous cousins of @Patti_Zubek_Zeleznak (mother's maiden name @Falborski and maternal aunt Irene married name @Figura ), but ALSO PZZ was employed at SMSS Parish AND School concurrently as both the Parish Music Director/Organist/Choir & Cantor Trainer AND School Music Educator K-8 in the early 1990s, I would absolutely WANT to donate/support this very worthwhile charitable effort - however, finances have very recently been decimated by traumatic, unforseen job loss and as such/at present time, such a donation is sadly not possible, very chagrinedly so :( This is not to say that we would be adverse to making such a donation in as nearest a future opportunity to do so 'when' those financial constraints are once more negated/nullified, as that is the furthest statement from the truth completely. We pray to St. Mary, Star of the Sea that this charitable enterprise be as financially successful as possible, so that SMSS can continue to turn out well-educated, very capable students going on to high school, college/university and beyond, who will be able to make their own 'great marks' in society based in part

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$3,210 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 51 months
Created October 9, 2014
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$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
VC
$50
vicky cecchin
48 months ago

I am making a donation in honor of Taina and Eddie. Merry Christmas!

$100
Anonymous
49 months ago
RV
$125
Ron Versetto
49 months ago

I really hope this school remains open as spent so much time and have so many wonderful memories due to this school! Mrs. Kearns for POTUS!!!

KK
$50
Kathleen Kunish
49 months ago

Supporting friends & the church at St. Mary Star of the Sea School!

MA
$10
Marilyn Alexander
49 months ago

Given in honor of the Tully family

Patti Zeleznak
50 months ago

Being that not only did BOTH of our daughters ( @Adrienne_Elizabeth /class of 2002 and @Allie_Zeleznak /class of 2004 ) matriculate from St. Mary Star of the Sea School, AS DID numerous cousins of @Patti_Zubek_Zeleznak (mother's maiden name @Falborski and maternal aunt Irene married name @Figura ), but ALSO PZZ was employed at SMSS Parish AND School concurrently as both the Parish Music Director/Organist/Choir & Cantor Trainer AND School Music Educator K-8 in the early 1990s, I would absolutely WANT to donate/support this very worthwhile charitable effort - however, finances have very recently been decimated by traumatic, unforseen job loss and as such/at present time, such a donation is sadly not possible, very chagrinedly so :( This is not to say that we would be adverse to making such a donation in as nearest a future opportunity to do so 'when' those financial constraints are once more negated/nullified, as that is the furthest statement from the truth completely. We pray to St. Mary, Star of the Sea that this charitable enterprise be as financially successful as possible, so that SMSS can continue to turn out well-educated, very capable students going on to high school, college/university and beyond, who will be able to make their own 'great marks' in society based in part

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