As we navigate fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are faced with many challenges. Our enrollment has declined, our tuition assistance need has increased, and we incurred many unexpected health protocol expenses to re-open our school. We also made a very tough decision to cancel our October Gala. That event alone brought in $80,000 last year. Please consider a donation today. Big or small – every little bit helps!

We Need Your  Support!

December 1st, 2020

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, GivingTuesday takes place on December 1, 2020Our goal is to raise $27,000 for GIVINGTUESDAY, which is a portion of the $180,000 required fundraising goal needed for the 2020-2021 school year.

The value of a Morning Star School education for Florida students with learning challenges and intellectual challenges – like ADHD , ADD and Autism is immeasurable. As a private 501(c)3 non-profit institution, we rely on the community, foundations, and corporations for funding the exceptional educational services we provide. All donations are tax-deductible.

More Reasons We Need Your Help…

  • Morning Star School is not subsidized by a Parish.
  • Tuition does not cover expenses. We must fundraise to keep our school open.
  • We incurred many unexpected COVID related expenses this school year, such as enclosing our front office entrance, adding cleaning stations, and buying needed sanitizing equipment to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
  • Our teachers are working extended hours to accommodate at school AND remote students but are not able to purchase needed items due to budget restrictions.
  • Even though one third of our students are learning from home, and we have much fewer students at school, we kept our after-school program open to help working parents. It is an expensive program to maintain if not at capacity.
  • We hired additional personnel to sanitize our school and will continue to incur unplanned expenses to follow CDC sanitation protocols.

Other Ways to Support our Students…

DONATE TO OUR ANNUAL FUND Your participation is critical and reflects your belief in all that happens at Morning Star School. Our goal is to raise $180,000 by the end of this school year. Your gift towards this fund helps many school-wide initiatives. Especially this year, when the COVID pandemic has restricted many of our larger fundraising events. Click HERE to read more.

TEACHER WISH LISTOur teachers need many items the school just cannot afford. And in a pandemic economy, with many unexpected expenses, the needs are even greater. If you would like to help, please make a monetary donation, or purchase a ‘Wish List” item as a holiday gift to the school. You can make your donation online or mail your check or item to the school at 725 Mickler Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211. You may also drop off your donated item(s) at the front office. Click HERE to view the wish list.

CORPORATE GIFTS AND MATCHING DONATIONS: We are so grateful to have the support of local businesses, corporations and foundations. Many companies will match your personal donation. Speak with your Human Resources office today. Become our ambassador and help us gain support for our school!

LEGACY GIFTS :  Leave a lasting legacy through a memorial or honorarium gift to the school. This is a special way to honor a loved one, a family or an organization.

PLANNED GIVING: Remember us in your will and make a significant contribution to the ongoing success of our school. Real Estate, Securities and stock gifts are other ways you may choose to donate to Morning Star School.

All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please call Maria Johnson, our Director of Development at (904) 962-5080 or email development@morningstar-jax.org  to discuss how you can help us continue to serve children with learning differences in Northeast Florida. Thank you!

“On the first day of school I was reminded yet again what a blessing Morning Star and all the staff has been to our family. As I walked over to help drop off school supplies, one of the students was having a tough time about something. He wasn’t having a meltdown or anything but one of the teachers was in tune enough, as she led her students towards their classroom, to notice and immediately alert someone in his grade, so that it could be brought to his teachers attention. It was quick, very discreet and handled very kindly – away from the other students. As a mom it made me feel proud of all involved. Thank you for your school. I love you all”. ❤️

Proud Parent

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