When your job and performance are measured by numbers, you do not always sleep well. Our current and future generations of men and women who do and will grace the halls of our four schools rely on our department to be successful. Through a lot of prayer and some restless nights, the Advancement Office is beyond grateful to the tremendous Lafayette Catholic School System supporters who put us in a position to hit five important milestones in 2015.
FIVE MILESTONES HIT
- BLUE KNIGHT AUCTION – the $165,000 Tuition Assistance Need was EXCEEDED by 20%
- TAX-CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP – the $220,000 Need was EXCEEDED by 5%
- SPIRIT FUND – 65% of the $330,000 Gap was MET by December 31
- LCSS GOLF OUTING – the $20,000 Need was EXCEEDED by 8%
- TEACHER ENDOWMENT – Over $40,000 was received in CONTRIBUTION
The financial impact of these gifts is felt by many and helps to serve all who desire a rigorous, faith-inspired education. In October of last year, I wrote about The Gap to help explain where the money goes and how your donation dollars impact the financial sustainability of the school system. This year, a total of 195 students and their families benefited directly from Tuition Assistance and Tax-Credit Scholarships. All families benefited in reduced tuition expenses from our Spirit Fund and Golf Outing by nearly $370 per student. The volunteers in the LCSS Thrift Store increased their revenues by almost 50% in 2015 to help fund the growth of the Lafayette Area Catholic Schools Foundation Teacher Endowment to almost $500,000, which helps us continue to invest in our teachers.
Your support of a Catholic school education is making a difference and is important to the success of every child. Research on the “Catholic School Advantage,” conducted by the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, identified several important facts that I feel are important to share:
- The achievement gap is smaller in faith-based schools.
- Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools.
- Latino and African-American students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers.
- Social class effects on educational achievement are significantly lessened in Catholic schools.
- The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools.
- Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote than public school graduates.
- Graduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates.
- Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults.
Our Catholic schools could not exist without the support of the entire community, and the Lafayette Catholic School System is thriving because of the strong commitment by volunteers and donors alike. Thank you for your continued support, which allows us to continue our mission and continue to provide an outstanding Catholic education to all who seek it.