Thank You Campaign Donors for making the Morning Star High School dream come true! We are very close to completing the campaign. Please continue to help us!

Learn About our $1.6M “Building A Brighter Future” Capital Campaign…

In August 2016 we launched a 5-year $1.6 million capital campaign to build a new high school. It was the first-ever capital campaign in Morning Star School’s 60-year existence. Prior to this initiative, our school only served children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. But to continue serving the needs of our students, their families, and our special education community, we needed to expand our campus to also serve 9th through 12th grade students. The expansion filled a void in our community — as there are few schools in Northeast Florida offering high school students with learning differences specialized education.

Our campaign required foresight, leadership, dedication and philanthropy. We would like to recognize the “angels” who helped us during the initial phases of this journey. Bishop Felipe Estevez, Deacon Scott Conway, Father Michael Houle and Bishop Snyder High School for their vision, support and commitment.

By August 2017 we were celebrating the completion of the ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH P. HURLEY BUILDING with four middle school classrooms, four high school classrooms, a state-of-the-art media and learning center and a beautiful peace garden. In addition, we were more than half way to our goal thanks to a “Circle of Friends” initiative led by visionary philanthropists Robert (Bob) Shircliff, Lou Walsh and Jay Demetree.  These amazing men introduced us to Rick and Patty Jones who named our Jr. High School wing, Dave and Mary Pat Kulik who named our High School wing and Greg and Karen Montana who named our Peace Garden.

By the end of 2019, many wonderful people joined in to support our school and we were only $350,000 from reaching our goal. Our Media and Learning Center was the last needed naming opportunity – a $250,000 donation crucial to the success of our campaign. And just before the holidays, we received a call from The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida saying Mrs. Delores Barr Weaver wanted to help. She would name our Media Center and commit to a $50,000 matching grant to help raise the final $100,000 needed. What an amazing way to end the year!

Everyone at Morning Star School is forever grateful to the individuals, families, foundations, parishes and corporations who contributed to the campaign and helped us create awareness for the project. The commitment and dedication we have experienced is overwhelming. And now, thanks to Mrs. Weaver, our goal to complete the campaign by 2021 is within our reach.

Read the news release announcing the gift HERE

To make an on-line donation, please click HERE. Or, mail your check to the school at 725 Mickler Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211. For a limited time every dollar donated toward our capital campaign will be matchedFor more information, please contact Maria Johnson at development@morningstar-jax.org

 

Dreaming of OUR FUTURE…

An additional donation allowed us to build the St. Anne’s Playground. This new playground replaced an much older one that fell apart during relocation. Thank you to Warren and Nancy Powers for their generosity. Our younger children may now enjoy a bright, happy and cheerful area for outdoor playtime. Future projects include a large outdoor fitness area and a life skills center. Read more about these projects below.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ALL DONATIONS ARE MATCHED THANKS TO A GRANT FROM MRS. DELORES WEAVER! 

VIEW CAMPAIGN BROCHURE HERE
DOWNLOAD PLEDGE FORM HERE

Our high school project required foresight, leadership, dedication and philanthropy. We would like to recognize the “angels” who helped us during the initial phases of this journey. Bishop Felipe Estevez, Deacon Scott Conway, Father Houle, Bob Shircliff, Lou Walsh, Jay Demtree ans Bishop Snyder High School for their vision, support and commitment.

Maria Johnson

Director of Development

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HIGH SCHOOL
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
NOVEMBER 26th, 2016
HIGH SCHOOL OPENS!
ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH P. HURLEY BUILDING
DEDICATION CEREMONY
August 2017
Made possible by our Circle of Friends and many, many donors! 

 


ST. MARKS PEACE GARDEN 
& OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
Donated by the Montana Family 
ST. ANNE’S
PLAYGROUND
IS OPEN FOR PLAY!

Donated by the Powers Family

"I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star...” Rev. 22:16

Rooted in the Gospel and strengthened by the sacraments, the mission of Morning Star School is to provide a unique, inspiring education empowering students with learning differences to achieve their full potential.

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