Each year, the Blessed Sacrament School Annual Fund plays a vital role in helping to support the immediate needs of our school. Primarily, the gap between what is paid in tuition and the true cost of educating a student. We so are thankful for the many gifts our parents, parishioners, alumni, and friends of BSS generously share with us through prayer, involvement and financial giving to our Annual Fund.
In 2016, our Annual Fund provided resources for the school’s operating expenses, teacher professional development, instructional technology, new website development, and tuition assistance. Through the generosity of our benefactors, a net total of $84,000 was raised for our school. In detail:
- $25,500 was donated to the school’s operating budget to help keep tuition affordable.
- A total of $12,000 helped to fund our Professional Development Grant Program. It was used to assist teachers in graduate-level coursework at George Mason University and the University of Virginia, as well as professional development conferences. This greatly enriches the student experience by refreshing teachers with knowledge of current research-based instructional information.
- $10,000 was used to assist families who qualified for financial assistance. In this time of continued economic uncertainty, we have families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. We have families who have sustained job losses, major medical expenses, and family tragedies. It is our sincere hope that no family must make the difficult decision to withdraw a student from Blessed Sacrament due to financial hardships.
- $10,000 helped defray the cost of developing the new school website.
- $10,000 was used for instructional technology replacement needs, such as Brightlinks, printers, and new work stations.
Our 2017-2018, Annual Fund drive is currently underway! If you would like to support our school, please return your intention card from the Annual Fund Form to the School Office with your gift of prayer, donation or contribution or donate here via Faith Direct at https://membership.faithdirect.net/VA388. Thank you for your support of Catholic education and Blessed Sacrament School as we continue our commitment “to create an educated community to serve Christ and one another with integrity and respect.”