The purpose of St. Paul’s Home and School Association is to promote the welfare and education of the children at St. Paul the Apostle School.
Home and School works to achieve this mission each year by offering family-fun events and fun-filled fundraisers. Home and School provides some of the extras that are not covered by the school’s operating budget and raises over $40,000 a year to support these projects. Some of those extras include visiting artists, library/media center, writing center, art supplies, Panther Players, scholarship awards, DARE, religion, Spruce up the School, Family Fun Halloween Party, Breakfast with St. Nick and St. Pat’s Family Fun Night. These are just samples of the benefits Home and School provides to support children and families.
In addition, Home and School coordinates the annual Adult Social and Auction. This year’s event, “A Night at the Museum” in February, marked the 13th year of this tradition and enjoyed a change of venue to the grand lobby of the Putnam Museum in Davenport. This event continues to be the largest fundraiser for the school. The auction generated $30,800!
Thanks to St. Paul School’s talented parent and volunteer-based grant writing committee and Principal Julie Delaney, once again the auction proceeds were increased significantly by a matching grant awarded by Scott County Regional Authority. An additional $27,500 was awarded to the school this year.
Auction proceeds will assist students and faculty in continuing to move forward in the 21st century classroom. Two of the tools used to accomplish this goal are technology and Differentiated Instruction, which provides students with different ways to learn. These tools work hand in hand to create a classroom where all students can achieve and develop employability skills, which align with the 21st-century skills included in the Iowa Core Curriculum. Technology is no longer an “extra” in the school curriculum, but an essential tool students need in order to achieve in our multimedia world.