Thoughts and Musings by Ken Rasp - Fund-a-Need 2019 - 04142019

With two weeks to go, preparations are ramping up for Rainbow Auction 2019. Living up to the long and storied tradition of previous Rainbow Auctions, it will be an incredible evening filled with opportunities for those in attendance to raise their glass and their paddle to benefit Muskegon Catholic Central. All are invited to attend. I encourage you to prayerfully consider joining us at the Rainbow Auction on Saturday, April 27. Click on the link below for more information and to RSVP.

Rainbow Auction - 2019

Today I am thinking in particular about Fund-a-Need and the incredible solutions the generous donations given over the years have allowed us to fund. During my short tenure at MCC, we have been able to enhance our technology offerings for grades K-6 by purchasing Chromebooks and carts for each classroom. We were also able to renovate the 7-12 Science Lab. Both of these projects have significantly impacted and enhanced the learning environment for our students. Thank you for all who so generously gave to allow us to move forward and complete these projects. What a blessing they are and you are. May God bless you and share with you His peace!

As we approached Fund-a-Need for the upcoming Rainbow Auction, we found ourselves attempting to answer the question - What follows the renovation of the Science Lab? It has made such an impact on the students and science faculty who use it. I am pleased to inform you that our answer is enhancing the everyday learning environments of our students in grades K to 12. We intend to utilize the dollars raised to begin overhauling the classrooms our students spend the greatest part of their day in. This overhaul will include:

  • enhancing all physical features - floors, ceilings, lighting, walls, white boards, etc.

  • retooling the technology available to our teachers - projectors, teacher chromebooks, document cameras

  • purchasing age appropriate and discipline specific student work units - desks or tables, chairs

  • upgrading curricular needs - learning aides, work books, books

As with the Science lab renovation, our goal is to do accomplish the renovations with great foresight and purpose. We want to ensure that our efforts provide a lasting impact. We are currently working with contractors to assess an average cost of renovation per classroom. A best estimate will be provided at the Rainbow Auction of this average cost per classroom and an estimate for the total cost to renovate the 28 classrooms currently being utilized. 

Except for some personalizing by a faculty member, our classrooms have not been touched in years. From the stories I have been told by the numerous alumni reunion groups I have toured through the building, students have been positively formed and readied for success by dedicated faculty members in those classrooms since 1953. With the help of generous donors during Fund-a-Need, the process of updating and upgrading classrooms will begin as early as this summer. The number of classrooms targeted will depend on the amount raised.

A major donor to Fund-a-Need each year informed us several weeks ago that he had decided to significantly raise the amount he would give to the Fund-a-Need project in 2019. He suggested that others prayerfully consider providing a larger gift also. Because of the amount of his gift, our Fund-a-Need 2019 goal is $200,000. For those of you who cannot attend the Rainbow Auction and would like to make a gift toward this Fund-a-Need project, information about how to do so will be forthcoming from the Advancement Office. Those of you in attendance will be able to raise your paddle and share in the excitement that this project will bring to our faculty and students. I thank you in advance for your generosity.

I invite any questions or requests for additional information about this important project. I can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 231.291.0324.

Have a great week and go Crusaders!

Ken R. Rasp

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