St. John Catholic School has proven that there is no limit to what can be done with the right support. The school advisory committee announced this past summer that the facility was having financial difficulties and that an oversight committee would be put into place to track and help to raise funds. The efforts of the committee and the community have paid off as the school received permission from the Catholic Diocese in Dallas to continue moving forward with their efforts to keep the school open.
“We presented our proposal earlier this month and we were given permission to keep heading in the direction we were going. With the approval from the diocese and continued efforts on our part, the school will be educating children for many years to come,” said Laddy Rejcek, school advisory committee president.
Rejcek attributes the success of trying to turn the school around on the committee’s hard work as well as the immense outpouring of support from the community.
“We have been overwhelmed with people that want to help and that have contributed their time and efforts into making our campaign successful. We had no intention of going anywhere and because of everyone's efforts, St. John will continue to be an integral part of the community for a long time,” he said.
Through the efforts of the various fundraisers held throughout the past six months, the group has been able to make a big dent in the school's level of debt and are planning new and exciting things for the new year.
“We are already looking toward the 2008-2009 school year and we are excited about what we have planned. We will have a six-man football program next year and lots of new opportunities for students,” he said.
The next fund-raising activity that the school has planned is an event they are hoping will be the first of many and a community favorite. The “Blue and White Ball” will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall after the homecoming basketball game on Feb. 2. The event will feature dinner and a dance with music provided by Czech and Then Some. Advisory committee members will also be selling raffle tickets on a classic car that will be given away at the end of the evening. More details will be made available as the date of the event draws closer.
“We are hoping that this event will turn into an annual occurrence that everyone can't wait to get tickets to. This is one of many new ideas the school is trying out and we are excited to bring so many new experiences to the community that has supported us and helped us stand strong. Local groups have really stepped up and come to our aid. This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to get to meet and work with people from our parish and school communities and we are very excited and thankful for the people,” Rejcek said.