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Game On! School vs. School

Nov 3rd, 2011

Bright Futures Fund Benefits from Kids Helping Kids Attend Catholic Schools

Lemonade stands. Bake sales. Car washes.  Pint-sized philanthropists tackle cancer, bring relief after tornadoes and help other children attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph. 

The Junior Board of Directors for the Bright Futures Fund is taking the lead in a School vs. School competition. Students from all Catholic schools in the diocese formed four teams -- Team O’Hara, Team LeBlond, Team St. Mary, and Team St. Pius X. Each team has one goal: to boost support for Bright Futures Fund, a program that provides financial assistance to families and schools in the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph.

“I feel it is important for students to help raise scholarship funds for other students because a Catholic school education is a blessing that we should all share,” said junior board member Molly Fitzpatrick, a leader for Team LeBlond. 

Let’s Make Cents
The School vs. School competition included jeans days and penny wars, where teams jockey to collect the greatest number of pennies. Junior board members are making the circuit at area Catholic elementary schools to generate support for the competition and the duty to help others.

“Our goal is to provide a supportive community for everyone,” said Sarah Rupp, junior board member and Team O’Hara leader. “We become a family, learn to serve others, and live out the rule to ‘Do unto others.’”

All proceeds from the School vs. School campaign will benefit Bright Futures Fund. Honoring Family Scholarships and Strong City School Fund are the flagship programs of Bright Futures Fund.  

  • Honoring Family Scholarship rewards families who continue to make sacrifices to send their children to diocesan high schools.
  • Strong City School Fund provides needs-based tuition assistance to low-income families with children attending Kansas City’s urban core Catholic schools.

Small But Mighty
"Our Junior Board has done a fantastic job engaging students in the contest. Pennies add up!” explained Bright Futures Fund Executive Director Kerry Essmann.
"In our Catholic schools, we recognize excellence in our youth so that they may inspire other young people to achieve their potential,” said Essmann.

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