Opportunities for Giving
You can have an impact on the life of a child! A donation to any of the following initiatives is one of the best investments you can make in the future. Any amount is welcome — gifts of prayer are always appreciated as well. Remember, we may not have so many opportunities to do something great but we have many, many opportunities to do something good.
Reach for the STArs is our annual appeal to all those who support STA. By making a gift to the Reach for the STArs Annual Fund, you can help by providing students with scholarships. Currently, 59% of students who attend STA receive a scholarship and most families would not be able to attend without some form of financial assistance. You can make it possible to improve the 100 year old building on South Woodlawn Avenue. You can help develop, support, and retain terrific educators and reward their commitment to Catholic education. You can help provide awesome students with the resources that are necessary in a 21st century classroom.
This is our annual benefit held each spring. It is a night of great celebration for the extended STA family. It is a time for us to recognize the extraordinary programs that we offer our children, the committed teachers who build learning centered safe spaces in their classrooms, and the extraordinary children themselves. There are many ways you can support STArry Night: 1) Attend as a guest! 2) Contribute something to the Silent Auction 3) Partner with us as a sponsor of the event.
St. Thomas the Apostle is committed to finding ways to ensure Catholic education is accessible and affordable for all those who desire the advantages it offers their children. Donations to our Scholarship Fund provide assistance for families in need as well as emergency tuition for families experiencing loss of employment, sudden or severe illness or other financial hardships.
Established in honor of Monique Danielle Lazarde, a member of the class of 1979, this memorial scholarship was created by Monique’s family and friends to provide assistance for a deserving student who otherwise would not be able to attend STA. Those who knew Monique remember her as a very involved, outgoing young woman who loved music and had a positive influence on everyone she met. Thanks to the Monique Lazarde Memorial Scholarship, she will continue to inspire others by ensuring young people have the opportunity, as she did, to experience Catholic education. Donations to the fund are welcome!
The Frances Y. Wiley Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded in honor Frances Sumiko Yoshida Wiley, a revered member of the Hyde Park Community and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish for over 60 years. Fondly remembered as one of the original “tiger moms,” Frances cared fiercely not only for her own children, but for all of the students at STA. She and her husband were the proud parents of eight children, all of whom attended St. Thomas the Apostle School. St. Thomas youth were the beneficiaries of numerous enrichment programs for art music and crafts thanks to Mrs. Wiley’s efforts. She also shared her gifts and talents with the school by designing and sewing costumes for the annual St. Thomas Players musical and creating exquisite quilts for auction at fundraisers. The Frances Y. Wiley Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by her family to honor Mrs. Wiley and her devotion to STA. Donations to the fund will be used to assist families experiencing economic hardship or who are in need of emergency financial assistance. Those who share their treasure with St. Thomas the Apostle School through the Frances Y. Wiley Scholarship Fund will continue to promote her legacy of love for the school and its children.
Fr. Oldershaw Fine Arts Fund
Former students may remember the highly acclaimed Children’s Choir of St. Thomas the Apostle led by Fr. Robert Oldershaw. Under his creative direction, the ensemble recorded two albums and performed at venues throughout the Hyde Park community. St. Thomas the Apostle continues to be committed to arts education through weekly music and art classes, a gospel choir, and after-school piano and violin programs. Donations to the Fr. Oldershaw Fine Arts Fund would enable us to increase instructional time in the arts, offer formal violin and band programs and purchase new curtains for the stage, risers and choir robes.
STA has a long history of outstanding sports performance as evidenced by the Wall of Fame in our gym. In order to continue to provide a competitive environment for our student athletes, STA seeks funding for new uniforms and equipment as well as renovation of the gym floor and ceiling.
The Father Shannon Building Fund
Our wonderfully historic building is a daily reminder of the lasting legacy of St. Thomas the Apostle School. But in order for us to embrace the future, it needs some significant TLC including new flooring, electrical upgrades, bathroom renovations, new air conditioners, and repairs to the roof. Enhancements to the grounds through additional plantings of trees, shrubs, and perennials, will extend the beautiful landscaping of the Neighborhood Reading Garden. Although it may sound overwhelming, the images of all those who have gone before inspire us to preserve their legacy for generations to come.
STA Endowment Fund
The St. Thomas the Apostle School Endowment Fund provides financial assistance as needed for special projects at St. Thomas the Apostle School. Only the earned income from the Fund is used for school support. In effect, the endowment is a permanent resource for the school that will continue for many years! Contributions to the Endowment are accepted at any time and are tax deductible. A committee of parishioners supervises the activities of the Fund and decides on the distribution of an annual gift. Previous gifts have included new draperies for the school stage, audio system updates, rugs for the music and kindergarten rooms, computers and a laminator. You can also make your contribution by purchasing a commemorative brick to be placed on our brick walkway by the church or the school. You may place your order in the Parish Office or online here. To learn more about the STA Endowment Fund, visit their page on our website.
For more information on how you can give to STA please contact Mary Alice Acton, Director of Advancement at 773-667-1142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.