Since Rhema Christian School is a parent-run school, expectations for parental involvement are high. All parents of Rhema students are encouraged to become members of the Peterborough Christian School Society, which governs the school via an elected board and supporting committees. Membership meetings are held twice annually, and volunteers willing to commit to three-year terms or help out with short-term projects are always prized. Parents are regularly asked to volunteer in the classrooms, drive on school field trips, coach, referee, help with playground supervision and so on. In addition, all families are asked to participate in fundraising activities.
The benefits of parental involvement in Rhema go far beyond reducing the financial needs of the school. By volunteering whatever time or talents they have, parents gain an opportunity to get to know and work with their children’s teachers, friends and friends’ parents, a sense of belonging and greater commitment to the school community, and the satisfaction in giving of themselves for the benefit of others. Sometimes, we even have fun (imagine that!).
Rhema's active fundraising committee oversees a variety of fundraising events. Our volunteers mean everything, and we couldn't be the school we are today without them.
Dinner and Auction
In the spring a dinner/auction is held. The evening is often centred around a specific theme. This wonderful event includes a world-class dinner prepared by a professional chef and an auction with all types of items. Donations of items for the silent or live auction are appreciated to help make this event successful.
Annual Walk-a-thon/Amazing Race
The first event of the year, the walk-a-thon is usually held on a Saturday in late September or early October. We look for 100% participation of the parents and students for this beautiful walk. This is not only a successful fundraiser, it is also a great community building event.
Other Fundraising Activities
Periodically, parents or classes will sponsor a sale. These include bake sales, book sales, etc. Although various, some of the beneficiaries of these sales include the library and individual class trips. These fundraisers are approved by either the principal or the Board.
Tuition fees account for only a portion of the costs of running a school. To provide other funds toward capital expenses, tuition assistance, or deficit financing, the school looks to its supporters to give generously to the school.
Over the years they have done just that. This small community annually contributes tens of thousands of dollars to the school through fundraisers like the walkathon or dinner-auction. In addition to that, however, there are many contributors who give on a monthly basis to either the general fund, to tuition assistance, or to another cause of their choice. These donors receive a charitable receipt for their giving but more importantly enable families who might not otherwise be able to do so, to send their children to Rhema.
If you are interested in donating to the school, or in discussing a legacy gift, please contact our business administrator at 705-743-1400.