Support Our School
To keep our school running smoothly and safely, we rely on a variety of volunteer help. Whether it’s assisting in the lunchroom, the classroom or at special events, we have plenty of opportunities for families to be involved.
Many, but not all, of our volunteer activities involve completion of a background check, required by the Diocese of Harrisburg and the state of Pennsylvania. The clearance process can take up to a few weeks. Clearances are good for three years. The process is in place to ensure that all adults who may spend any time alone with our children have the proper clearances, for the safety of everyone involved.
A variety of opportunities are available for those who have their clearances and wish to help in the classroom. Some of the younger grades seek the help of parents for “Centers” or in chaperoning class field trips. Sometimes the teachers will request help with a special class party or event.
In some cases, teachers or the office will put out a special call for helpers. If you have a special skill or talent you’re looking to share, please contact your child’s teacher or the office and we will see how we might best use your service.
SPS has a uniform closet which serves families year-round by offering gently used uniforms to families. We accept clean gently used uniforms all year-round as well. From time to time the closet needs a reorganization due to the many exchanges that take place!
Our librarian sometimes requests help in the library and the biannual book fairs that we host.
Throughout the year, PATS and the school seek volunteers to help staff some of our larger events. These include our annual Spirit Day/Race for Education, teacher appreciation events (where the teachers are given some time away from the classroom while volunteers staff them) and monthly Teacher Appreciation Lunches.
We are moving and redesigning the school playground, including offering a number of sponsorship opportunities. Click here to view those options.
Additionally, each May, we bless and install commemorative bricks in the playground area. These bricks can honor loved ones, students or your own family. The funds from these bricks go toward maintaining and improving our school playground area. Bricks are available to purchase year-round. A brick blessing ceremony is held on a Friday in May, determined closer to the event. Click here for the most recent brick order form.
Finnegan's Fun Run
You can purchase grocery, gas and gift cards daily from our inventory by sending a Daily Order form and check (made out to Emerald Earnings) to school with your child. Gift cards from our inventory will be sent home the same day with your child. For all gift cards not available on the Daily Order form, a large group order is placed each Tuesday to ShopWithScrip. Send in the Weekly Order form and check (made out to Emerald Earnings) by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and your cards will be sent home with your child on Friday. You can also purchase gift cards online at ShopWithScrip.com.
You can also purchase e-cards online at Shopwithscrip.com or via the new mobile app, RaiseRight Fundraising, which you can set up to link to your account and purchase cards while you are on the go!
Fill out and sign the EE Program Agreement Form and turn it in to the school office with your first order. You can contact Dorine Haberman (email@example.com) with questions.
This year’s outing is Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and we shotgun at 1 p.m.
EITC (Tax Incentive Program)
In 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which allows businesses to direct funds that would otherwise go to taxes toward a non-profit scholarship organization.
Not only does participation in the EITC program increase a student’s chance to receive the education of their choice, but also it results in a tax credit for the business and the money stays right in our community.
Although standard charitable donations reduce your amount of taxable income, tax credits reduce your actual tax bill, dollar-for-dollar.
Saint Patrick School has partnered with RedefinED Advisors to help raise funding through the EITC Program. Their EITC
experts will help our interested families direct their tax dollars to us. You can reach out directly to RedefinED at 814-475-1099 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on how your or your business could benefit from the EITC program, you may also contact Development Director Lisa Maddux at email@example.com.