With three children enrolled at Divine Mercy Catholic School this year, the Rogers family fully understands the importance of Catholic education.
But they also know first-hand how difficult meeting the costs of education can be. “With every good choice comes sacrifice which is only outweighed by the immense reward for our children,” said Theresa, mother to students Sarabeth, Anna and Tom.
To that end, an essential part of education for the Rogers family is receiving funding from the CCSTA Endowment Fund, which assists students in Catholic schools with their tuition costs in provinces with limited or no public funding. “We feel that Catholic education provides our children with a moral compass that serves to reinforce what we try to instill at home,” Theresa said. Her family is active in their Parish, involved in many facets of the life of their church.
The fund was established by the CCSTA in 2005. Since then, the CCSTA has been able to distribute more than $107,000 in tuition assistance. This year alone, more than $37,000 was raised for the fund, and allocated for the 2012-2013 school year. Even so, the Fund received letters of request totalling more than $75,000, showing the need for financial assistance is ever-present. Theresa understands how important receiving funding can be for a family.
With Sarabeth entering Grade 3, Anna beginning Grade 2 and Thomas just coming into kindergarten, Theresa said their tuition this year will be about $5,400 for the trio. Though she and her husband, Robert, choose to only request help with Sarabeth’s portion of the tuition, Theresa said the total amount is even higher, with $350 for curriculum factored in as well as uniforms.
“Without the Endowment funding, our children probably could not attend the school, or worse yet, we would have been faced with the awful choice of who could – and who could not,” she said.
One of the major ways of contributing to the Endowment Fund is through the Toonies for Tuition campaign, its official fundraiser. Although Toonies for Tuition fundraising is ongoing throughout the school year, the Toonies for Tuition Day will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 this year. “Though a toonie may not seem like a lot, it has impacted our lives immensely and those of our children,” said Theresa. “We have witnessed miracles in our married life – our children, the school establishing itself in such close proximity, and being gifted with the Endowment money,” Theresa said.
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