Annual Pledge Drive


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In 1880 this community and church pulled together to build a Catholic School.  We are so proud of our history and tradition.  Many lives and souls have been affected through several generations.  Now we are inviting you to invest in the future of St. Mary School through our 2018-19 Excel Beyond the Basics Pledge Drive.

The Annual Fund is the single most important fundraising effort at our school. What is a child’s education worth? A Catholic school education isn’t free: it’s an investment in the future and it also takes an investment of time to make it work. But many families truly believe it is worth every penny, because it provides a better return on their investment than any other choice they can make.

The Excel Beyond the Basics Pledge Drive is a yearly campaign to raise financial support for a wide-range of initiatives including classroom technology for students, playground upgrades, media resources, and staff and administrative support.  A good portion of the money raised is used to keep tuition affordable for students to attend St. Mary Catholic School. The mean cost per pupil at Catholic schools is $5,847; the national per pupil average is $12,054). (NCEA; National Center for Education Statistics) Our current tuition is $2,495.

Can we count on you to make a donation of $10 or $20 a week to help keep tuition affordable for our school families?

_____ Book Sponsor Level ($5 /week and prayers over 1 year)
_____ Desk Sponsor Level ($20 /week and prayers over 1 year).
_____ One time donation and prayers (Any contribution is appreciated.)

St. Mary School NEEDS YOU to renew our greatest inheritance or legacy as a church.  All donations will be matched up to $20,000 by avid supporters of our mission.  By making a tax deductible donation to our Excel Beyond the Basics Pledge Drive, you’ll be directly investing in our community one child at a time.  St. Mary School puts our future generations squarely on the road to success in life with an ultimate goal of heaven.  Father Chris and I agree the importance of showing students that God loves them, the church loves them, and we love them.

Thank you for your consideration and continued support,
Mrs. Kimberly Stover
Principal and Proud Alumni

Although your family does not have to be Catholic to attend, maintaining our school’s Catholic identity is paramount. We are able to do so through our curriculum as well as our service to others.

Through the continued cooperative efforts of Father Chris, our school & parish staff, students, parents and parishioners, it is our mission at St. Mary to work together to share faith and foster a passion for learning.

If you would like to support St. Mary School with a tax-deductible donation in support of a scholarship for a student, a wish list item, or for the purpose of your choosing, please contact the school at 419-342-2626 or the parish office at 419-347-2381.


Checks can be made payable to > St. Mary School. We are located at 26 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Your donation can be set aside for a certain project, or you can choose to let the school apply it to what is needed. Thank you in advance for helping us continue to offer an exemplary education where christian values and the Catholic faith are the cornerstones.

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St. Mary’s Catholic School,
26 West Street
Shelby, Ohio
P: 419-342-2626

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