I want to take this opportunity to welcome your family to our family – the Springfield Catholic Schools family. It is our hope and prayer that the experience you and your children have in our elementary or secondary schools is one filled with excellent education, real enrichment and a sense of caring and compassion that springs from our Faith, the bedrock of our educational system. Our consolidated Catholic school system is comprised of three elementary schools and one High School.
The very reason that we have a Development Office is that we are a SYSTEM, not just four independent Parish Schools. Our job is to support – financially, through community relations and in any way we can — all the schools in our System. As an historical note, Catholic education in Springfield began in 1893, and in 2004, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary as a Consolidated Catholic School System. We now serve over 1,200 students with a remarkable success rate in terms of academic, athletic and extra-curricular achievement. 98% of our High School graduates go on to higher education.
When people hear the word “Development,” they automatically think “FUNDRAISING!!!” I have to admit that is a major part of our mission in this office, as well as in each individual school. Former Harvard President Derek Bok once said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” And so your children’s individual classes, Home and School Associations, booster clubs, and other interest groups carry out any number of fundraising activities throughout the school year – and that is true in every Catholic school or school system in the nation, believe me!