An anonymous donor has given St. Pius Tenth School in Chili $100,000 to be spent over three years on technology, fine arts, and music and enrichment programs, said Principal Stephen Oberst. A group of faculty and parents will decide how the money is distributed.
Calling the gift both exciting and unexpected, Oberst said student and faculty suggestions for the money have so far included installing wireless Internet, creating afterschool programs, starting a foreign-language club, starting a technology club, purchasing new equipment for the music program or purchasing additional digital whiteboards.
"It (the anonymous donor) is someone who has given us support in the past, and someone who is a very strong believer in Catholic education, and in particular in St. Pius Tenth, and they wanted to be sure that this Catholic school would be around for a long time," Oberst said.
Oberst said when the donor initially approached him about making a donation to the prekindergarten-to-sixth-grade school, the donor asked if the school had long-term goals. Oberst said he was able to show the donor the school’s new strategic plan, which it had recently completed as part of the process to become accredited.
"They liked what they saw," Oberst said of the donor. "The gift (originally) was about one-third of what it turned out to be, but after they looked at the plans and goals for the future, they increased the amount."
To make a financial gift to support diocesan Catholic schools, contact the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Stewardship and Communications at 585-328-3210, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.