Holy Trinity Parish and St. Edmond Catholic School are hoping to complete their joint $3 million "Putting Our Faith in the Future" capital campaign.
Already, $2 million has been raised, including a $1.2 million gift to lease the computer technology for the school's One to One program for the first four years. With a matching gift of $500,000, the school hopes now to raise the other $500,000.
The funds will be used to address the immediate needs of the school, Monsignor Kevin McCoy, Holy Trinity Parish pastor and St. Edmond president, said.
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Madi Engels, a student in Cory Naughton’s eighth-grade English class at St. Edmond, uses a laptop computer issues to her through its One-to-One program. The Catholic school is launching the private phase of its capital campaign to raise funds to further support the program.
"It really is a joint venture of our Holy Trinity Parish family and St. Edmond community, because the school is a vital means for our handing on the Christian faith," he said. "It is a major ministry of Holy Trinity Parish."
A focus of the campaign is the school's One to One campaign, which provides each of its high school and middle school students with a laptop computer for academic uses. The program launched in December 2011 and expanded in August.
"We feel very strongly about the needs we've identified, to help reassure our endowment for our technologies so we can remain right up with the times," McCoy said.
Another focus is building maintenance, with funds earmarked for improving the school's heating system and windows.
"We've got some physical needs that need to be attended to, in terms of making sure the classrooms have heat," McCoy said. "It's just very basic, to provide for the infrastructure, to continue the Christ-centered learning that goes on here every day."
According to Tom Miklo, St. Edmond development director, theirs is a "no-frills plan."
"These are needs. This isn't anything pie-in-the-sky," he said. "We have gone the direction of technology in the classroom with our students and the endowment ensures we'll be able to stay on that path, and the heating system speaks for itself. It's 57 years old, it's archaic. We're lucky it's doing anything."
Miklo said he was excited about the campaign, for which they have already raised $2 million, as well as a $500,000 matching gift.
"In essence, we're trying to raise a half a million dollars to reach the goal," he said. "Whatever people give at this point will be doubled, because of this matching gift."
McCoy, optimistic for the campaign, said he trusts the community with the future of the church and its school.
"Our future really depends upon having faith in those who came before us and gave and provided us Catholic educational opportunities from 1856 to the present day," he said. "We're just a part of that long continuum, of continuing to educate children well and teach them about life in Christ Jesus."
For more information regarding the campaign, contact Tom Miklo at 955-6077 or email@example.com.