Time to start thinking about gathering pledges! The Rake-A-Thon is an all-school community service project AND fundraiser; every family is asked to participate. Students ask for pledges/donations from neighbors, friends and family for the service they will perform in the community. We rake yards for seniors, the disabled, veterans or people who are unable to do their own yard work.
This year’s Rake-A-Thon will take place on Saturday, October 27th , rain or shine. We will be starting with Mass at 8:00 am, followed by a group photo of our entire team before we depart to our assigned yards. Once our assigned yards are completed, we will return to school and rake the school and church grounds until lunch is served. The Knights of Columbus will then coordinate additional volunteers for the caravan pick-up of all bags that are hauled to the compost site.
Not only do we experience joy from serving others and helping our school, also we get to spend time with the families and students that make up our school community. We hope to see everyone on October 27th ! Our kick-off rally for students will be on Friday, October 5th; students will receive all materials at that time.
Our first money turn-in date was this past Monday and we still have a long way to go to hit our goal!! Please continue working with your students to help them seek pledges and donations for our school.
Volunteers are needed to rake: We need as many parents as possible for this event. Please fill out and return the RSVP form (in the student packet), and check your Virtus account status at www.virtus.org.
Trucks and trailers for hauling leaves: If you are able to help with leaf pick-up and/or you have a vehicle or trailer that we can use, contact Geri Cox at 763-232-0897, [email protected]
Rake-A-Thon Tip of the Week:
Do you want an EASY way to increase donations to our school? When your children are asking for pledges for the Rake-a-Thon, have them ask the donor if their company will match their donation. There are many companies who would love to donate to our school via their employees. Here are just a few: 3M, American Express, Ameriprise Financial, Boston Scientific, Cargill, General Mills, Graco, Hormel, IBM, Medtronic, US Bank, Xcel Energy.
You can look online at https://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/corporate-match-directory.pdf to see if a specific company might have a matching program. It only takes a second to ask if their company might match once someone has offered to pledge. Most people feel very happy to request the match from their company. It is a Win-Win! Your child will get credit for the match as well as the original donation, and our school will be closer to reaching or exceeding our fundraising goal. Remember that all of the funds raised from the Rake-A-Thon go to keeping our tuition low.
This coming Monday, Oct. 15th is a Rake-a-thon T-shirt day and that’s a reminder ~ Don’t forget to put Rake-a-thon cash, checks, and money-turn in slips in your child’s backpacks! Please help our school to make our goal of $20,000!