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For the first time, Saint Cecilia School is launching a fund-a-need program that asks supporters of Saint Cecilia School to raise money for a specific need within the school. Traditionally, the Mothers Club annual spring fundraiser provides important financial support to a variety of school needs at Saint Cecilia School in areas such as technology, education and overall school environment. Through the introduction of the additional fund-a-need effort this year, fundraiser attendees, parishioners, alumni, family and friends will have the opportunity take an even greater role in this year's fundraiser theme "Dreaming in Blue and Gold" and contribute monetary support at any level they desire to a designated program that will enhance the educational curriculum of Saint Cecilia School and continue to support our thriving academic, faith-based school.
In just a matter of minutes during the live auction portion of the event, the fund-a-need paddle raise will build a monetary fund for this specific cause of shared importance to the parents, students and faculty. Opportunities to donate start higher and incrementally reduce to a lower level so that attendees can choose to donate at the level they are most comfortable with and everyone has an opportunity to participate, in contrast to the actual live auction when only a handful of people participate and even fewer win. Everyone wins during a paddle raise!
This year’s fund-a-need, "Funding Dreams of STEAM," will support the launch of Project Full STEAM Ahead! by providing the initial seeding of the Saint Cecilia School STEAM Fund. Project Full STEAM Ahead! is an effort designed to develop, enhance and maintain Saint Cecilia School's commitment to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math) education through short and long term focused STEAM programs, curriculum and learning spaces. STEAM education provides the collaborative blending of these 5 academic concepts through the platform of the Catholic faith and ethical values in an exploratory and inquiry-based learning environment, with an integrated curriculum of each of the disciplines applying project-based methods to real-world applications. The result creates fearless critical thinkers and innovative discoverers of knowledge who are better prepared to solve the problems of our future, and helps our children be the difference our world needs.
A STEAM faculty-parent advisory group is being formed to create strategy based on funding available and execute STEAM plans, including proposing longer term plans and funding needs for Project Full STEAM Ahead! over the next few years. Examples of some STEAM goals being considered include the launch of a Science Fair for the 2017-18 school year and longer term, building and equipping a dedicated experiment laboratory. More goals are listed in the FAQ and reflect a more immediate focus on some of the more prevalently communicated desires from the students, parents and faculty.
If you have questions, please refer to the FAQ for frequently asked questions and more information on the benefits of STEAM programs and the Saint Cecilia School STEAM Fund.
All proceeds directly benefit the students at St. Cecilia School