BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Elementary schools are now part of the fundraising campaign for Lumen Christi Catholic Schools and there was a kickoff celebration Thursday at the Boardman home of Jim and Sue Rosa.
The goal for the first annual campaign is to raise $75,000 between now and mid-December. Donations will provide essential funds to help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost to educate the students, according to Youngstown Diocese officials.
Lois Cavucci, president and CEO of the school system, said the top priorities for the funding are tuition assistance for families, academic programs and technology, including STEM, professional development for faculty and areas of greatest need.
“Financial assistance for our families, that is probably the most significant need, but keeping our teachers up to date, professional development for our teachers, that is an important aspect,” Jim Rosa said.
Youngstown Bishop George Murry and Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel were at Thursday’s event.
Cavucci said for the first time in years, enrollment in the Lumen Christi system is up.
“The majority of our schools have an increase in enrollment. That is a very rare thing to say,” Cavucci said.
Lumen Christi Catholic Schools is a system of schools in the Youngstown Diocese, comprised of Poland Holy Family, Boardman St. Charles, Youngstown St. Christine, Hubbard St. Patrick, Struthers St. Nicholas and Early Childhood Learning Center sites.