Amount raised so far: $1,000 of $25,000
As The Community School is entering into its 35th Year, we continue to build for a brighter future for our students, community and school. This summer, we are renovating the outside of the building as we continue to build the program on the inside – both the number of students and the opportunities they have.
Thank you so much for helping us!
Help us serve more students at THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL.
Even a small donation will go a long way to helping us meet our goal for THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL. The school has an opportunity help more young people in the community to have a brighter future. This is only possible if we raise the money needed to hire an additional teacher. Every donation raised up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by The Goldseker Foundation, so your contribution will go twice as far.
In the old days, when a community wanted to educate its young, they got together, pooled their resources, built a one room schoolhouse and hired a teacher. Even though we are in modern time, that is exactly what we have done and continue to do. Back in 1982, we saw a need to address our community’s extraordinary high drop out rate and decided that we needed to do something about it. With little more than vision and determination and our own hands and resources, we created The Community School in a church basement. Without a single text book and with only scrap paper and pencils, we got to work, “doing the best with what we have,” and created educational opportunity for our youth.
For over 3 decades we have been serving as an academic and mentoring program for young people from area neighborhoods and around the city. The Community School is now a state certified private secondary school with more students who need us and want to attend than we can serve. We have an opportunity to double our size with the hiring of another teacher and so we have launched this campaign. We have existed all of these years through donations and volunteerism and without government subsidy.
Just like those schools of old, if we are to look out for our young people then we need to come together to make it happen. We are asking our friends, families, neighbors and supporters to pitch in and lend a hand. Each of you who sacrifice reinforce our belief in our young people and affirm that they deserve the best education that the community can provide them. Just like our ancestors, we have decided that investing in our young people is an investment in the whole community.
NOTES FROM FUNDRAISERS’ PAGES:
“Do the best you can with what you have.” Tom Culotta’s philosophy. The Community School opened in a church basement in January 1982. Tom was the only teacher and there were 15 students. Each morning, Tom went to the corner newspaper box, put 15 cents in the slot, and “borrowed” 15 newspapers. Those were the textbooks. Three months later, the school got a dictionary. “That was a huge day! No gift, however small, will ever be wasted at TCS. Please consider giving to our fundraiser today.” Don Riesett, Writing Mentor, Advisory Board
“I currently attend the school and boy has it helped me become a mature responsible young man! The education received at TCS is far more valuable than that given by any other school. The school helps students become hard working individuals.” Chris White, Current Student