Wildwood Catholic High School is having their annual collection at all our Masses two weekends from now, August 9-10. This year we are following the lead of St. Damian Parish, Ocean City, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May and St. Joseph’s Parish, Sea Isle City, in having a second collection at Mass with all the proceeds going to scholarships for students in need. As you know, Wildwood Catholic High School is one of the few Catholic high schools in the nation to keep their doors open after the announcement of closure. This was accomplished by the coordinated efforts of our entire community in raising the funds needed to avoid a financial collapse that would have closed the doors permanently! It is a testimony to the generosity and determination of so many in our community to continue to afford a reasonably priced tuition to our high school age students in the Catholic tradition. As you know this is a year round effort requiring the many fund raising efforts that you have all so generously supported.
Our efforts have paid off as we are experiencing an increase in our enrollment and addition of students from throughout the world desiring to attend our high school through our international student outreach. We are always looking for families willing to sponsor one of these international students, if you are interested please call the school. Our new academic dean, Ms. Mary Kane, longtime teacher and leader in our community has greatly improved our academic program through the introduction of many new courses, seminars and college credit opportunities for our students. We have also happily added to our leadership team this year, Mrs. Carolyn Miller, as administrative dean, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise in education and administration. Mr. Kevin Quinn, our director of development and guidance director helped place our graduating students in some of the finest colleges and universities in our country as they garnered over eight million dollars in scholarships. We thank Mr. Joseph Bogle, chairman, and our wonderful school board for all their sage advice and expertise throughout the year. Mr. Richard Bischoff, a member of our school board has been coordinating these collections for a number of years now and we thank him for all his efforts and hard work. Mrs. Carole Pantalone, Save Wildwood Catholic High School and her army of helpers, continue to reach out to large donors and invent new ways of acquiring revenue. Your continued support of our car raffle, donut sales and Tuesday Movie Night is greatly appreciated!
Saving and maintaining our Wildwood Catholic High School is not something already achieved and accomplished, it is an ongoing project that requires all our attention and continuous support. I thank you in advance for your generous support of Catholic education. I hope you know that your contributions to our annual collection and ongoing support of our Annual Appeal, as well as our other fundraising endeavors are greatly appreciated. May God bless you for your continuous support of our beloved Wildwood Catholic High School.