Saints Annual Appeal
(formerly the Blue and Gold Fund)
Proclaimed years ago, the words of Saint John Paul II are so applicable to the times in which we are living. "Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." As Saint Thomas Aquinas High School moves forward through this COVID-19 crisis, we believe we are navigating beyond mediocrity as we continue to be guided by our Core Values of Faith, Knowledge, Service, and Community.
Our administration and faculty pivoted from a traditional classroom to a virtual environment with only four short days' notice in March 2020. After the successful completion of the 2019-2020 academic year curricular goals, a memorable Class of 2020 graduation ceremony, and all the summer uncertainty, the academic year 2020-2021 started on August 31 in a hybrid mode. The students have been allowed to practice, and our athletic director scrambled to fill the competition schedules with teams/schools allowing games. Using safe mitigation techniques, we are off to a successful & winning start.
One of the challenges the Saint Thomas Aquinas Board and staff face is timing. Living in this ever-changing world into which we have been thrust; it is difficult to understand the present situations of our community of supporters and donors. In August, with the uncertainty of student participation in extra- and co-curricular activities, we postponed the traditional kickoff of the Saints Annual Appeal campaign until we had a clearer picture of how COVID restrictions would impact the curriculum and the extra-curricular program.
With all the levels of student activities practicing and competing with a full schedule, our need is real and immediate. While some aspects of the activities have been restricted or eliminated, the school has realized additional costs for the mitigation in both the classroom and for the extra-curricular programs. Our need is still real and immediate. "Before and after the bell" programs are funded through the Saints Annual Appeal, Extravaganza, and gate admissions. These activities and clubs teach our students important life lessons about teamwork, fairness, honesty, winning, and losing.
Your Call to Action!
We need your support to help sustain our Legacy of Success. Please prayerfully consider your contribution to this year's Saints Annual Appeal now or when the campaign officially launches later this year.
Due to COVID attendance restrictions, SAA benefits will not include Extravaganza & homecoming tickets or activity & parking passes.
Call or email the Advancement Office with questions: 913-319-2425, or firstname.lastname@example.org