As of March 29, 2013
Fundraising Goal: $ 300,000
Donations and Pledges: $ 197,009
Loretto Challenge Grant: $ 100,000
Balance Remaining: $ 8,991
We are nearing the end of our fundraising for our new school elevator. We have slight less than $9,000 remaining. Construction will begin as soon as school ends in May, so that our elevator will be available for returning staff and students in August.
A special thanks to all who worked so hard on the February 2 “Raise a Glass” fundraiser and the wonderful St. Joseph Table in March. Click on the report at the end of this post for an updated list of all our supporters.
Why Install An Elevator?
One afternoon in May 2011, in the same week that a tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, St. Peter’s School had its first tornado evacuation in many years. All students, faculty and staff moved quickly and quietly to the gym basement. The children sang songs to pass the time. It was actually quite inspiring. But if any of our students or faculty had been in a wheelchair, things would have been more challenging. There are two flights of stairs between the lobby and our basement – which is our storm shelter. There is no elevator.
We are making a special appeal to our members, alumni, school parents and all supporters to help us eliminate that barrier. We have received a $100,000 challenge grant from Loretto Charities, founded by Lamar Hunt, Jr., which will cover fully one third of the cost of a new elevator for our south school building. This extraordinary opportunity means that we can make 100% of our school truly accessible for the first time in its 83 year history.
Our busy school and parish use all of these spaces throughout the year. Improved accessibility will open up our building for persons with long-term or temporary disabilities:
- Students, teachers and staff
- Parents attending parent-teacher conferences; parents or grandparents joining their children for lunch
- Alumni attending reunion gatherings
- Seniors and other guests attending pancake breakfasts, fish fries, receptions, spaghetti suppers, and Boy Scout dinners, our annual Fiesta, Wurst Fest, and the PTA Auction
Back in 1998 our school started us on our journey of inclusiveness as a charter parish in F.I.R.E., which gives children with special needs the opportunity to attend Catholic schools. This project continues that tradition.
With your gift, we can open our facilities to all – from students through seniors.
We extend our thanks to all who have donated to our campaign as of March 29, 2013.