Let me just give you a small glimpse into what I have witnessed in two and a half months since I began my position here as executive director.
Volunteers work hard. We needed flower beds cleaned up because they were really overgrown with weeds. Volunteers pulled the weeds and put fresh mulch down to beautify the campus before the start of school. It took a couple of different work sessions, but we got it accomplished. Donors helped us with the cost of the mulch as well.
I decided to replace the concrete sidewalk into the main entrance of the school. A donor stepped forward and covered the cost.
Someone liked the new concrete sidewalk so much they asked how much it would cost to do the rest of the sidewalk. They subsequently donated the funds to do it. That work is scheduled to be completed in early October.
Someone donated new uniforms for our Cross Country runners.
A music teacher wanted a new stereo system for the classroom. A donor graciously provided it.
Teachers made a wish list of things they wanted/needed for their classrooms. I cannot believe how much of it has appeared due to the generosity of many folks.
We received three pianos for our music room as a donation. One of the pianos is a grand piano. The cost of moving the pianos was also covered by another donor.
We have had multiple cash donations to both the school and the Foundation.
As always, the Foundation continues to support our endeavors financially and with targeted outreach. (See the previous blog post about the party after the homecoming football game sponsored by the Foundation.)
Finally, today it was a new mower (pictured above). Once again, this piece of needed equipment was made possible by donors stepping forward to make it happen.
One of my big concerns when I accepted this position was whether or not we could raise the necessary funds to truly be a thriving institution. While we still have a lot to do, especially in regard to building upkeep and maintenance, there is no doubt in my mind that this community will make it happen. I am blessed to be a small part of the rich tradition of St. Albert.
As we prepare for the annual appeal this fall, it is my hope that we will make even greater strides in accomplishing the many tasks sitting before us by raising the needed funds to tackle more projects.
The beginning stages of the spring auction are also getting underway. We want to continue the great momentum and success from last year to have another phenomenal experience in 2020. If you would like to have a leadership role in auction planning, we would love to have you step forward.
Let me simply conclude by saying thank you to each of you connected to St. Albert in any way. You are an instrumental part in building the Kingdom of God here in Council Bluffs. Thank you.