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Why ask families to help raise money?
Mount Royal Academy invites all families to participate in the entire process of educating and forming their children. An integral part of educating children is securing the financial support needed in order to adequately teach the whole person. Because Mount Royal is a lay founded and governed school, all members of the community - board members, faculty, staff, parents, and students - must invest themselves in the successful continuation of the school's mission.
The economic climate of the early 21st century has not been friendly to non-profit organizations. More and more private educational institutions - especially Catholic schools - are closing their doors because of the difficult challenge of achieving financial stability. And yet, the social teaching of the Catholic Church proposes two very valuable principles that when applied, assuredly contribute to the overall success of any social institution.
The first principle is known as the principle of solidarity. The Magisterial teaching highly stresses the importance of promoting solidairty so as to cultivate real moral virtue.
Solidarity is also an authentic moral virtue, not a “feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good. That is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all”. Solidarity rises to the rank of fundamental social virtue since it places itself in the sphere of justice. It is a virtue directed par excellence to the common good, and is found in “a commitment to the good of one's neighbour with the readiness, in the Gospel sense, to ‘lose oneself' for the sake of the other instead of exploiting him, and to ‘serve him' instead of oppressing him for one's own advantage. (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, 193)
Thus, all members of the Mount Royal are in effect responsible for bringing about the common good of the school community.
Another principle that is equally as instructive is the principle of subsidiarity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes a striking connection between the natural human tendency to socialize, and the consequent duties on social groups in relationship to those within and outside the community.
1882 Certain societies, such as the family and the state, correspond more directly to the nature of man; they are necessary to him. To promote the participation of the greatest number in the life of a society, the creation of voluntary associations and institutions must be encouraged "on both national and international levels, which relate to economic and social goals, to cultural and recreational activities, to sport, to various professions, and to political affairs." This "socialization" also expresses the natural tendency for human beings to associate with one another for the sake of attaining objectives that exceed individual capacities. It develops the qualities of the person, especially the sense of initiative and responsibility, and helps guarantee his rights.
1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."
As a consequence, social organizations are successful to the extent that all members, especially families as the fundamental cell of society, cooperate in bringing about the good of the whole. Mount Royal invites families to carry out their natural duties in contributing to the well-being of the entire school, which is the most effective means of sustaining a vibrant and successful school while remaining faithful to the Magisterial teachings inspired by Christ and protected by the Holy Spirit.
What is the family service for fundraising program?
Dedicated parents and community members annually organize a series of fundraisers throughout the school year. These fundraisers are a significant help in alleviating some of the budgetary strains that any educational institution faces.
Mount Royal asks that all families fully embrace these opportunities to support the school by actively participating in the numerous fundraisers, which year after year accumulate valuable funds for the school. Families are also encouraged to refer any potential benefactor to the school. All these efforts can count towards a tuition reduction in subsequent school years, but only if families surpass the expected fundraising goals. Families are expected to raise a certain amount based on how many children are enrolled in the school.
For a complete breakdown of fundraising goals, as well as a sample of chart of how easy it is to raise those funds using the annual fundraisers, please click on the link below.
What is the SCRIPS program?
SCRIPS connects retailers with non-profit institutions, enabling consumers who purchase goods at particular retail stores, gas stations, and grocery stores to forward a percentage of their purchase cost to the non-profit institution of their choosing. Consumers purchase gift cards directly from a liaison at the school. Gift cards are either pre-ordered for a particular store, or kept in stock by the SCRIPS representative for the school.
Mount Royal families can therefore purchase gift cards from the school SCRIPS representative to be used at specific retailers, grocers, or gas stations, and a percentage of the sales are given back to the school. This is a very effective and easy way to raise money for the school. Anywhere between 3% to in some instances over 10% of the gift card sale can be redirected back to the school. If you are interested in finding out more information about the SCRIPS program, please contact the school.