Giving and Community Service
“Philanthropy – the act of giving money and time to help make life better for other people.” (Merriam-Webster)
ASM’s mission states that we “promote service to others.” Our students’ philanthropic efforts can be seen at each program level in a variety of different community service projects, where they give of themselves to help others in need. Past service has included:
- Heifer International
- Rosie’s Place
- Peru Project
- Thanksgiving Food Drive for Lazarus House
- Feed the World
Annually during the winter holidays our parents support Lazarus House in Lawrence, MA by organizing “Project Bethlehem.” ASM families “adopt” a deserving family and purchase gifts to help brighten their holiday.
Our parents are wonderful role models to our students by showing their spirit of philanthropy. They tirelessly donate their time to our school community through the volunteer efforts organized by our Board of Directors, Parents’ Association (PACE), our classrooms, and staff.
In addition, the spirit of philanthropy is evident by our parents’ support of ASM’s Annual Fund. Each year we are fortunate to use financial donations to enhance and enrich our programs at ASM. The Annual Fund has been used to update our playgrounds, enrich curriculum initiatives such as STEM and to provide professional development opportunities for our faculty.
ASM relies on tuition revenue to support its operating budget. Donations to the Annual Fund help us to bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of delivering a robust program to our children. This tax deductible gift is important regardless of its size and helps us to reach our goal of 100% participation. In addition many companies offer a matching gift program, thus increasing donations to ASM.
Participation in the Annual Fund is also important when the school applies for grants. Foundations that award grant monies look at a school’s rate of participation in the Annual Fund and they look favorably upon a school when they see full support from its community. Over the past several years, we have been fortunate to achieve 100% participation from ASM’s Faculty, Staff and Board of Directors. Our goal is to achieve 100% participation from our parents as well.