School Bell Breakfast a Breakfast for Champions

May 3rd, 2012

Strong City School Fund Champions Access to Neighborhood Catholic Schools

For consumers of news, itís not hard to find the grim social and educational statistics that plague Kansas City. Fueled by the loss of accreditation of the cityís namesake public school district, community leaders are lining up to champion the children.

On Wednesday, May 16, the bell rings at 7:30 a.m., at The Muehlebach Hotel for the fourth annual School Bell Breakfast. One hundred percent of event proceeds will allow the Strong City School Fund to open the doors to accredited neighborhood Catholic elementary schools to low-income families.

A partnership of the civic, philanthropic and Catholic communities, the Strong City School Fund annually commits $1 million to keep Catholic school education affordable for families struggling with the cost of education. The program offers needs-based tuition assistance for students and operational support to Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Angels and Our Lady of Guadalupe Schools. Fueled by an annual gift of $800,000 from the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph, the Strong City School Fund has helped more than 30,000 children with the cost of education since 1989.

"For every three months of instruction in a Strong City School, our students gain four-and-a-half months in mastery of skills for reading and math," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Peters. "Our schools offer each child a strong culture of achievement, effective teachers and principals, data-driven instruction and a focus on the particular needs of each child," he said.

"Every day, our Strong City School students arrive from urban neighborhoods that some say are hopeless, and we see these children master skills that the experts deemed out of their reach," said Dr. Peters. "More importantly, not only do they master skills, they leave our schools with hope."

Emceed by Maria Antonia of KMBC TV 9, the 2012 School Bell Breakfast was championed with lead gifts from Waddell and Reed, Sioux Chief and an anonymous donor. Keynote remarks by Father Don Farnan, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, in Kansas City, will focus attention on, Our City, Our Neighborhoods, and Our Catholic Schools.

"The School Bell Breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for donors and friends to celebrate the impact of Catholic education on the lives of students and the future of our city," said Executive Director Kerry Essmann. "Now is the time, today is the day, the children of Kansas City need us. Be a champion for the children," she said.

Individual tickets are $30. Registration opens at 7 a.m. For reservations or table sponsorships, please call (816) 714-2362, or visit www.brightfuturesfund.org.

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Bright Futures Fund is a strategic initiative to make Catholic school education affordable in diocesan schools located in the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph. Strong City School Fund, a program of Bright Futures Fund, benefits children and diocesan schools located in Kansas Cityís urban core.

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