"Walking for Education" Has Begun
This year St. Mary’s Catholic School will begin a new tradition entitled “Walking for Education”. The goal for creating this annual event is very simple. We want to make sure all who wish a quality Catholic education, and cannot afford the cost of tuition, are helped through tuition assistance. To help us reach our goal of $100,000, the students of St. Mary's Catholic School will be participating in "Walking for Education." Each student will be challenged to do their part and gather sponsors. We are also reaching out to all parishes who have children attend St. Mary's Catholic School, and to our local businesses. We are anxiously looking forward to a successful event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Make a difference in the life of a child and give the gift of a Catholic education, donations are accepted and appreciated J. Mail donations to: St. Mary's Catholic School - 1019 S. 7th Street, Temple, Texas 76504
Dear Friends and Family,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Today was our first annual Walking for Education to raise money for tuition assistance. What a day it was. We were blessed with perfect weather and many volunteers. The purpose of our event was to ensure that no child is denied a quality Catholic education due to financial difficulties. It is so important that we are successful, not only for our 2015-2016 families, but for those yet to realize what a life-long benefit a Catholic education can be for their child. All monies raised will be placed in our tuition assistance fund.
A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Evon Vargas, who was the organizer and idea person behind this event. She worked tirelessly with Mrs. Shadburn, teachers, students, parents and parishioners to bring this day to fruition. We are all very grateful to her! Thank you to our students who worked hard to bring in their pledges and to our parents, guardians and parishioners who have supported, and I have no doubt will continue to support this worthy cause.
Recognition is also given to our sponsors (as seen on the back of the Walking for Education yellow t-shirts).
Johnny and Lisa Walker of Emporium Spice
St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Parishioners
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and Parishioners
St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Parishioners
Christ the King Church and Parishioners
Belton Knights of Columbus Council #7196
Woodward Creative Group
It is not too late to turn in your donations for this fund. Tuition assistance for the 2015-2016 school year will be awarded in May. The deadline to apply for tuition assistance is this Friday, April 30th. Remember, there can be no in-house tuition assistance or tuition payments moving forward. Both must be directed through our third party, SMART Tuition.
Last Friday, our students were treated to a presentation by Hayden Wolf, the 2015 American Honey Princess and Chelsea Clifton, the representative from Walker Honey Farm. Not only did our students learn about honey bees and the process of making honey, they also were able to see an active honey producing hive and get a little taste of honey. Thank you to Mrs. Stewart, mom of David and Waverly, for setting up our presentation.
Sunday we held our April Family Mass at St. Luke’s Parish. Thank you to Mrs. Quintana and her fourth graders for such a beautiful Eucharistic celebration. Thank you to all families who attended. It was wonderful to see so many of our students! Our last Family Mass for this school year will be Sunday, May 10th, at Christ the King Parish in Belton.
This Saturday our students will be traveling to the PSIA State Competition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Please keep our students in your prayers as they compete for the state awards. Best of luck to Gayathri Thirunavukkarasu, Victoria Haenel, Matthew Maldonado, Francesca Higgins, Emily Atkins, Lakshmi Aravindan, Faith Ann Go and Doye Baker.
Sunday, our second graders will be receiving their First Holy Communion. What a special day for our students. Please keep them in your prayers. Congratulations to the following students.
Rocio Avila Owen Boethel Barrett Burdine Brynne Eichelkraut
Arianna Gonzales Pedro Karshis Courtney Khuc Julian Leon
Victoria Lucksinger Leah Lukose Jacob Lynch Liliana Maldonado
Natalie Maldonado Dylan Mikeska Austin Morgan John Mottram
Denise Quintana Juliann Tomasek
Have a wonderful week and God bless you.
A Smile From Father Steve
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