Scott Shea ‘81, Chairman
Mitchell ’08, James ’14
Shelley Landry, Co-Chairperson
Gina Burke, Co-Chairperson
In the 145th year of education by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans and the 45th session for Brother Martin High School, we are excited to welcome in a new school year. Our faculty and staff are enthused and prepared to challenge each and every student to his God given ability to succeed in today’s world.
We are privileged to offer outstanding courses and opportunities in academics, sports, service, spiritual growth, leadership, and self-discipline – these are all the elements of your son’s holistic education and we greatly appreciate the trust you place in us to develop them. It is a trust we consider a sacred responsibility.
Each year our fundraising efforts through the Parents Club help with the school’s operational expenses and offset what would in fact be a greater annual tuition increase. For the 2013-2014 school year, proceeds from the Parents Drive and other Parents Club fundraisers will serve two important purposes: helping us to keep tuition increases as low as possible and allowing us to fund our initiative to improve our technology on campus. This includes a complete rewiring of campus and increasing our server capacity to provider faster internet and other computer service, complete wireless coverage – inside and out – on campus, new faculty devices to enhance teaching and learning through the use of technology and other important advancements to improve the educational experience we provide your sons. All of this has been accomplished without the use of any tuition money or building fees, the funds have come strictly from donations.
With our backyard renovations now complete, we have finished Phase II of our Master Plan. This phase included the Meyer Science & Math Building, Farley Field Renovations, the Branton Chapel, backyard renovations and improvements to our existing classroom building. This is all done with the goal of, as our mission says “meeting the needs of a changing world” and continuing to provide the best that we possibly can for your son.
The difference between the real cost to educate your son and what we charge for tuition is nearly $1,000. The Parents Drive is a way to close that gap, while allowing parents to take a tax deduction which would not be possible if the difference were added to the tuition amount. We would like to encourage those who can to make a donation in the amount of one ($715), two ($1,430), or three ($2,145) months tuition or whatever your personal financial situation allows. We invite your participation in this effort and we count on your prayers for our continued success.
We ask that you please return the attached Parents Drive form no later than Wednesday, September 25th whether you are able to donate or not. You can also go online to donate by September 30th. Our goal is to have a 100% response in regards to either the forms being returned or donating on-line by our parents. Any parent who returns their form by September 25th will have their name entered into a drawing for a chance to win one month’s tuition ($715). Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you or your son in any way.
Thank you for your generous participation in this important Parents Club event as we continue the mission started by the Brothers 145 years ago.