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  • The Toonies for Tuition Initiative is gaining some serious momentum across the country. Toonies social Eng 3

    To help support the schools, educators and students taking the lead on building Catholic education opportunities for all students across Canada, CCSTA collaborated with the Ottawa Catholic School Board to launch online marketing materials related to the cause.

    Toonies for Tuition is a CCSTA-based initiative that works to raise money in order to help offset tuition funds for families attending Catholic schools in provinces with limited or no funding to the private education system.

    And the CCSTA wanted to continue to build its momentum of support from across the country.

    “Last year, when the endowment fund committee convened to distribute the funds it was suggested that a short video could be a powerful tool to help school boards and schools promote their campaigns,” explains CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon.

    That’s where Catherine Burnham comes in. She is the Atlantic Region Board member with the CCSTA, and she’s also the Director of Development with the Divine Mercy Catholic School in Saint John, NB

    She created a video that helped tell the Toonies for Tuition story.


  • T4TPoster3 Fr 1Cette année, l’OCSTA  lance sa Campagne ontarienne pour Toonies for Tuition, en appui à la campagne annuelle de l’ACCEC pour aider les élèves canadiens à se prévaloir d’une éducation catholique dans leur lieu de résidence.

    Beverley Eckensweiler, présidente de l’OCSTA, nous dit que l’idée d’augmenter l’appui à Toonies for Tuition lui est venue quand elle a su que si chaque élève des provinces où l’éducation catholique est entièrement subventionnée contribuait deux dollars, il y aurait plus d’argent que nécessaire pour subvenir aux demandes annuelles.

    « Nous avons de la chance, ici en Ontario, dit Mme Eckensweiler. Quelle belle opportunité pour nos élèves de venir en aide à d’autres élèves qui ne bénéficient pas de subventions à l’école catholique. »

    Même si l’OCSTA aide à promouvoir la campagne Toonies for Tuition, elle laisse aux écoles le choix du mode de collecte de fonds. Cela permet à chaque conseil scolaire d’organiser une campagne qui correspond mieux à la réalité de sa communauté. Certains conseils sont déjà au travail.

  • Toonies for tuitionAs we approach the end of the school year, we know that principals, teachers, trustees, parents and clergy are already turning their attention to the upcoming year’s school calendar.

    For instance, most of you have already hosted your kindergarten orientation sessions!

    As you look at your 2017-2018 school calendar, please keep the Toonies for Tuition initiative in your plans to help raise money and awareness for a good cause.

    Toonies for Tuition raises money for families who want their children to attend Catholic schools in provinces with partial to no funding. As a result, students are responsible to pay tuition fees. Families who could use the financial support in order to make it happen can apply for funding support through the CCSTA Endowment Fund.

    Each year, the Endowment Fund applications are reviewed by a committee and money is then allotted to the successful applicants.

    Since 2006, CCSTA has contributed more than $315,000 so that children and youth can access Catholic education in their hometown.

    And the demand remains high.

    “It’s wonderful that we’re able to provide that much funding to students from across Canada, but the need for support continues to grow,” says CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon, adding that just last year, more than $130,000 was requested through the Endowment Fund applications and CCSTA was able to allot $45,000. “The selection committee has to make some tough choices about who receives the available funding each year. We’d love to – someday – be able to fund every dollar requested.”

    That’s where Toonies for Tuition comes into the play.

  • T4T Poster English 1This school year, the OCSTA is launching the Ontario Campaign for Toonies for Tuition, in support of the CCSTA’s yearly campaign to help ensure children and youth across Canada can access Catholic education in their hometown.

    Beverley Eckensweiler, OCSTA President, said the idea to provide greater support for Toonies for Tuition came after learning that if every student in a fully funded Catholic school donated a toonie, the funds raised would exceed the amount requested every year.

    “We’re so blessed here in Ontario,” said Mrs. Eckensweiler. “What a great opportunity for our students to be able to support other students who don’t have the blessings they have with Catholic education funding.”

    While the OCSTA is helping promote the Toonies for Tuition campaign, they are leaving it up to individual school boards to decide on the best way to raise funds. That allows each board to organize the campaign that works best for their community. Some boards are already getting started.

  • T4T Poster English 1The CCSTA is pleased to announce that this year's Toonies for Tuition campaign will be distributing $74,000 to help ensure children and youth across Canada can access Catholic education in their hometown. That’s an increase of $17,700 (31%) over last year’s total. That money will be helping fund Catholic education for over 100 students and 20 schools in provinces with partial to no funding.

    The enthusiasm shown by students and school staff in raising money for this great cause is inspiring. Thank you to everyone who donated, supported, or helped spread the word. Your generosity is appreciated.

    Since its inception in 2006, the CCSTA has distributed over $440,000 through the Toonies for Tuition campaign. Yet requests for assistance continue to outstrip our funding. It is our heartfelt desire that one day we will be able to ensure that no Catholic family who wants to send their child to a Catholic school will be turned away.

    We now have an online donation button!

  • For nearly a decade, provinces, school boards, and school districts have been competing to capture the coveted award: the Toonies for Tuition Trophy. Toonies social Eng 4

    Since its inception in 2011, the CCSTA Toonies for Tuition Trophy Challenge encourages some friendly competition amongst the provinces while supporting families who are sending their children to attend Catholic schools in partially or unfunded provinces.

    The two trophy categories include the school board/division that raises the most money per FTE student and the province that raises the most funding per FTE.

    CCSTA tallies the funds contributed to the program to determine which parties earn the Trophy for the year.

    “We’ve really enjoyed watching the friendly competition unfold between the provinces that are fully funded, as they undertake creative and supportive initiatives to donate to Toonies for Tuition,” says CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon.


    Saskatchewan Roots: Its History

    Former CCSTA President Mike St. Amand and his colleague, Bert Provost, first launched the Trophy Challenge. Saskatchewan took home the honours for the first six years, followed by an Alberta win and then Ontario. For the past two years, Evergreen CSRC No. 2, AB earned the top spot for the school district.

    “Mike and Bert brought a competitive and friendly spirit to this initiative,” says Hanlon. “The Trophy Challenge really helped ignite the fundraising efforts and breathe new life into a much-needed cause.”