Announcing Butler Catholic School 2018 Innovations in Catholic Education Finalist!
Butler Catholic School is proud to announce that it was selected by Today’s Catholic Teacher as a finalist in their Innovations in Catholic Education Awards. Twelve awards were offered across four categories for innovative projects in: Promoting Catholic Identity, Curriculum and Instruction, Technology Integration and Total Community Involvement, including Fundraising. Butler Catholic was one of three Catholic schools selected from across the country for innovative projects in the category of Total Community Involvement, including fundraising.
On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Butler Catholic School was recognized at the 21st annual Innovations in Catholic Education Awards Presentation Reception in Cincinnati, Ohio. Principal Sister John Ann Mulhern accepted the award, and received an award trophy and large Innovations in Catholic Education finalist banner. Principal John Ann was honored for Butler Catholic School to be recognized nationally, and stated, “We are thankful for this award because it speaks to our community members’ commitment to Catholic education.”
Butler Catholic received the award for their newly developed innovative and comprehensive year-long sponsorship plan, The Community Partnership Program. Like many Catholic schools, tuition at Butler Catholic School does not cover the cost of all school expenses, and other fundraisers are required to raise ample funds. The Community Partnership Program is a multi-level sponsorship program that increases the ease and visibility of businesses and organizations financially supporting the school. The program allows organizations to choose one of four financial levels of commitment. Each financial level clearly communicates how the donor will be recognized at each of the school’s three yearly benefit events, as well as additional visibility throughout the school year.
For the 2017-2018 school year, Butler Catholic School has four Community Partners: Amerikohl Aggregates Inc., C. W. Howard Insurance Agency, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, and Nextier Bank. The funds generated through the Community Partnership Program are used to enhance the school’s curriculum and student experiences. Specifically, through Community Partnership financial support, Butler Catholic School purchased a set of classroom robots for both the elementary and middle school students, as well as organized a leadership development day at Slippery Rock University’s Academic Leadership Lab for the 7th and 8th grade students. This new technology and student programming would not have been realized without the Community Partnership Program.