"Walking for Education" Has Begun
This year St. Mary’s Catholic School will begin a new tradition entitled “Walking for Education”. The goal for creating this annual event is very simple. We want to make sure all who wish a quality Catholic education, and cannot afford the cost of tuition, are helped through tuition assistance. To help us reach our goal of $100,000, the students of St. Mary's Catholic School will be participating in "Walking for Education." Each student will be challenged to do their part and gather sponsors. We are also reaching out to all parishes who have children attend St. Mary's Catholic School, and to our local businesses. We are anxiously looking forward to a successful event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Make a difference in the life of a child and give the gift of a Catholic education, donations are accepted and appreciated J. Mail donations to: St. Mary's Catholic School - 1019 S. 7th Street, Temple, Texas 76504
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Walking for Education is fast approaching. On Tuesday, April 28th SMCS will be having our “Walking for Education” Walk-A-Thon for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. The money raised will provide tuition assistance to families who qualify.
We are pleased with the donations and pledges turned in thus far and thank all who have taken part. Please keep in mind when you are working on your pledges that all monies raises will be placed in our tuition assistance fund.
The purpose of our event is to ensure that no child is denied a quality Catholic education due to financial difficulties. It is so important that we are successful, not only for our 2015-2016 families, but for those yet to realize what a life-long benefit a Catholic education can be for their child.
Here’s how the day will go:
8:30-9:00 – Opening prayer and Pep-rally featuring our Falcon Cheerleaders in training
9:00-10:30 – Walk-A-Thon
10:30 – 11:45 Picnic Lunch prepared by the Belton Knights of Columbus (Students will eat by class)
11:45 - 12:00 – Students report to homeroom for noon dismissal.
The Belton Knights of Columbus have volunteered to prepare a special lunch for us – a hamburger or hot dog, chips, and drink. There is not a fee for lunch.
Additionally, shirts will be given to all students on Monday, April 27. A donation of $5.00 would be appreciated. Please send payment in an envelope marked “WFE t-shirt.” There will be a limited number of t-shirts for sale to parents and siblings for $10.00.
Please encourage your child to collect pledges. Students may start turning in money this week. We will be drawing one name each day for small prizes. The prizes for our top 5 earners include:
Four – family of 4 day passes from Lion Junction
One – 90 minutes of bowling and up to 6 pair of shoes from Spare Time.
The class that raises the most funds will receive a class party.
If you are available to volunteer the day of the event please contact Evon Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please continue to pray for the success of this event!
This Sunday is our Family Mass at St. Luke’s at 11:00 a.m. Please, regardless of the parish you belong to, attend this Mass. This is one way we show unity with the many parishes who support St. Mary’s Catholic School. Students should come in uniform and be visible as St. Mary’s Catholic School students.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you.
A Smile From Father Steve
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