The Advisory Board of St. Bartholomew Academy recently reached a milestone of $12,000 in a fundraising appeal aimed at ensuring that any family desiring a St. Bartholomew Academy education can afford it.

The Advisory Board fundraising program, named the Tuition Angel Program, raises money each year through events and direct donations. This year’s fundraiser is unique as a small group of donors, called Archangels have pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations up to a total sum of $50,000 from now until the end of Catholic Schools Week, February 5, 2021. To date, over $12,000 in donations have been made from the parish, and friends and families of the Academy.

The principal of the Academy, Ms. Kimberly Harrigan stated, “The pandemic has caused havoc on so many families' finances that we expect an increase in the request for financial aid this year. This matching program is a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to meet our family's needs and give the community the opportunity to have a significant impact on the grant program.”

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The Tuition Angel Program was founded after Fr. John Paladino’s mother, Jeannette, passed away in 2008. Fr. Paladino and his siblings asked that any donations in her memory be made to the Academy for financial aid.  Fr. Paladino, Pastor of St. Bartholomew Church, said “Oftentimes we fail to see those around us who want to give their child an opportunity for a faith-based education but due to turbulent times or economic challenges they are unable too. The Angel Grant gives that family the gift to educate their child.”

If you would like to donate to the Angel Program or learn more about the Academy please visit the Academy website www.stbacademy.org. All donations are tax-deductible.