2021-22 Annual Appeal
GOAL: $85,000: WE ARE CURRENTLY AT 86%
- To make a donation online, CLICK HERE (under "Gift Designation" select "CCS Education Fund / Annual Appeal")
- To mail a donation, download our DONATION FORM
- Mail to: Columbus Catholic Schools, Attn: Development, 710 S. Columbus Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449
- For more information, contact the Development Department
Read "The Dash Poem" HERE
A MESSAGE FROM Ken Sternweis, CLASS OF 1972
Dear Columbus Supporter: In conjunction with the Columbus Catholic Schools 2021-2022 Annual Appeal - and on behalf of CHS Class of 1972 - I am privileged to share with you how our Columbus experience has impacted our adult lives. For me personally, Columbus instilled in me a sense of service to others, which included responding to the need for a Communications Coordinator for the Class of 1972. We hold our reunions every five years like most classes, but as we spread out from coast to coast, we felt the need to go beyond reunions and stay connected on a more regular basis - or over The Dash (see reference below).
The simple task of creating an email list of fellow classmates has allowed me to maintain connections with classmates and assist them in reaching out to one another and nurturing connections that started cultivating during our years at Columbus. From asking for prayers for a classmate experiencing ill health or a life difficulty; to announcing the passing of family members; to announcing get-togethers and birthdays - I am proud to say that my efforts have succeeded in keeping our class connected and achieving a sense of family among us!
Testimonials from the Class of 1972
“My years at Columbus means Faith, Family and Fun! It gave me spiritual guidance, structure, and enjoyment in the four years that I was there. I loved the smaller class sizes.” - Joellen (Weber) Heiman
“Columbus not only gave me an amazing education, but a true gift of special friends that I will always cherish.” - Mary (Pankratz) Tollefson
As part of our 2017 CHS Reunion, we were treated to a tour of our alma mater conducted by CCS Athletic Director, Joe Konieczny. As a result, we were inspired as a class to take on a fundraising project to finance the replacement of windows in a classroom. We were successful in that endeavor which was in addition to what we, as individuals, would normally contribute to the Annual Appeal.
This year’s Annual Appeal has a goal of $85,000. The cost to educate a student is higher than what CCS charges for tuition (about 30%). However, tuition is intentionally kept low to keep a Catholic education affordable for families. Consequently, CCS relies on donations and fundraising to make up the difference.
This year’s Annual Appeal runs from November 2021 to February 2022. November 30, 2021 is also “Giving Tuesday,” so mark that date on your calendar for your contribution! As an incentive, Ed Hastreiter, Class of 1967, is again offering a match! This year he will be donating up to $8,000 to match any first-time gifts; or match anyone who increases their 2020-21 gift by at least 15%. Ed reminds us of the Linda Ellis poem, The Dash which tells us what matters most on our tombstones is not the years of our birth and death, but the dash in between representing our accomplishments during life. Please consider a donation to the Annual Appeal this year, and “Live Your Dash!”
Ken Sternweis, on behalf of the
Columbus High School Class of 1972
Read a message from one of our students
It feels like just yesterday that I was starting 4K at St. John the Baptist School. And here I am today - a senior at Columbus High School - thinking about college and planning for my future! When I look back at my time at Columbus Catholic Schools (CCS), I am so grateful for many things. I am amazed at the dedication of our teachers and staff; they truly ensure students are challenged in the classroom and are well-prepared for college and life after high school. But they teach us so much more than academics. At CCS, we serve others by giving back to our community and supporting those in need. Most importantly, the strong faith we’ve developed will carry us through the challenges of life.
When I was in 4K, I admired the “big kids” at CCS, especially the basketball players. Now I am preparing for my final season. Basketball at Columbus is not just a game; it’s about helping the younger players, volunteering as a team, deepening our faith, and working extremely hard. I am so thankful for the values and lessons the coaches have instilled in me; and I am grateful my parents chose CCS for my sisters and me.
During this year’s Annual Appeal, I ask you to consider how you might help support Columbus, because we need you. With your generosity, we can keep the Columbus Legacy strong and ensure bright futures for many. On behalf of the Class of 2022, we appreciate your prayers and generous support.
Sam Wilczek, Class of 2022
Columbus Catholic High School
A MESSAGE FROM ED HASTREITER, CLASS OF 1967
Last year I decided to offer a matching contribution to the Annual Appeal. For those who donated for the first time or increased their gift over the previous years' contribution by 10% I matched their donation up to $7,000. I also encouraged our supporters to read The Dash and challenged them to work on their "Dash" by following the teachings of Christ and helping others by giving back.
This year I am offering another matching gift of up to $8,000 to anyone who makes a first-time donation or increases their gift over last year's by 15%.
Life is not about waiting for the winds to change... but about adjusting your sails. So adjust your sails and increase your contributions to Columbus Catholic Schools and contribute to the success of the current generation of students. BE PROUD OF YOUR DASH!