Making Catholic Education Affordable To All

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CSW_Scholar_CPope Francis summed up the church’s commitment to education when he said: “Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person…. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be…”

Today the “material and spiritual conditions” the pope referred to are embodied in 47 beautiful elementary schools here on Long Island. Each school provides the safety and nurturing atmosphere that assures children they matter and that they are loved, and all of the schools strive to work with every student to help them achieve all they are capable of achieving. Yet some parents who desire the extraordinary results of a Catholic education still hesitate because of concerns about costs.

Families who would like to consider a Catholic education are encouraged to visit a school during Catholic Schools Week where they will discover that the church and the schools are as interested in making their Catholic school dream come true as they are. On your visit you will discover that tuition is actually quite reasonable, and that there are multi-child discounts and other incentives to further reduce that cost. You will also discover that many parishes and schools have scholarships and grants available to help offset the cost of tuition. Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation raises money specifically to help families that desire a Catholic education but cannot afford it.

There Are a Variety of Ways to Support Tomorrow’s Hope

CSW_Scholar_ATomorrow’s Hope supporters come from every walk of life, and they donate in a variety of ways; directly, where any amount large or small is appreciated, they donate through matching programs offered by their employers, and they bequeath portions of their estate to help fund Catholic education. The program that gets the most feedback however is the STAR Program. The Student Tuition Assistance Relationship (STAR) Program identifies students in high need of tuition assistance and matches them with a generous donor—a ‘STAR’ who contributes tuition assistance of $2,000 a year. Although tuition varies across the Diocese, this program is intended to fund roughly half of the student’s tuition while the parent/guardian is asked to contribute the remainder. The STAR donor-student relationship is a special one—it consists of correspondence between the student and the donor throughout the school year. This relationship is unique in that the donor can see first-hand how their generous contribution directly helps their STAR student to thrive in Catholic elementary school.

The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation orchestrates a number of charitable events during the course of each year including a Gala social event in the spring, a golf outing in the fall, and a Christmas event. This year there will even be a new event, the St. Joseph 5K Fun Run for Tomorrow’s Hope on March 19.

St. Joseph School Run for Tomorrow’s Hope 5K and Fun Run

Building on the success of their inaugural event last March where over 350 runners participated, the St. Joseph School in Garden City announced that this year’s race will benefit Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. Running on a 5K circuit through the flat, fast, tree-lined streets of Garden City, the race will be professionally chip-timed and is USA Track and Field Certified.

Appropriate for both serious runners and for those who just want to come out and have some fun while supporting this worthwhile cause, the event will offer a post race festival with a DJ, face painting, refreshments and age category awards for the 5K. There will also be a one-mile untimed fun run to allow every child to finish. Every child in the fun run will receive a prize. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome in this family friendly event.

Visit www.sjspta.com/run.html or email run@sjspta.com for more information and to register for the event.

Who is Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation

CSW_Scholar_B2The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation was established in September 2005 as a tax-exempt, nonprofit public charity with the purpose of ‘ensuring the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic elementary schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding for the needs of students and schools.’

Business leader and philanthropist Lewis S. Ranieri was appointed by Bishop Murphy to chair the foundation. As chairman, Ranieri put together a prominent board of professionals, business leaders and diocesan administration with the goal of raising money from individual and corporate donors and providing tuition assistance for deserving families and students.

Over the past 10 years the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation has served the Long Island community by providing parents with the opportunity to choose the education that best fits the needs of their children without the worry of financial constraint. With generous support from private and corporate donors, the Foundation has proudly served over 17,000 students, providing awards totaling nearly $20 million towards scholarships, and allowing them to attend one of Long Island’s 47 excellent Catholic elementary schools.

Tuition assistance through Tomorrow’s Hope is available to all families who show a financial need, regardless of ethnicity or religious affiliation. Not surprisingly, the applicants for Tomorrow’s Hope assistance are from a variety of different backgrounds that represent the diversity of our Island. The common thread is a desire for an education of the whole child, in mind, body and spirit.

Visit www.tomorrowshopefoundation.org to learn how you can help children develop strong spiritual values in preparation for life’s journey.

—Supplied by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Visit www.licatholicelementaryschools.org for more information.

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