Financial support for the operation and activities of St. Irene School come from a variety of sources.  First, tuition/fees represent the largest portion of our operating budget.  Secondly, our St. Irene Parish Community generously provides, on average, 24-25% of our operating budget.  The remaining funds we need to operate are raised in a variety of ways throughout the school year.


St. Irene School hosts a number of fundraisers over the course of the year.  Participation in these activities is encouraged, though not mandatory.  It is our goal to close the gap between the cost of education and tuition in the most effective ways possible.  This year we are looking to raise $80,000 for the school operating budget and $15,000 for Athletics.


The staff, boards and volunteers of St. Irene School have been working to increase our fundraising efficiency and transparency.  As such, we regularly review and update our activities for the whole of the school.  A full list of fundraising opportunities will be provided to the school at the beginning of the school year.  We are also planning on reporting the revenues for each fundraiser on a more regular basis through the weekly newsletter so that families know how close we are coming to meeting our goals.


            Fun Fair – Late August                         Chili Cook-Off – February

            Golf Outing – September                      Walk-a-thon – May

            Trivia Night – October                          Dine-Out Nights - Monthly

            Annual Appeal – November


            Shoparoo                                              Benefit Mobile App

            Box Tops for Education                        Abitibi Paper Recycling


Fannie May Candy – March


 Pie Sales – October/November    


 Mary’s Meals, PADS Lunches, and other small service projects




Explanation of Events/Fundraisers


Fun Fair takes place at the beginning of the school year, on August 25, 2018. It is a great time for family fun and to be involved with the activities while getting to know other families in the St. Irene community.  This event usually brings in between $2,000 and $3,000.


The annual Golf Outing is organized  by the Athletic Board and will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 with a “shotgun” start at 1 pm followed by a steak dinner.  The Golf Outing has traditionally brought in between $8,000 to $10,000.


Trivia Night takes place in either October or November.  A great evening of fun and you team up with 9 friends to show off what you know!  This evening raises about $3,000 to $4,000.


Each year we send an Annual Appeal letter to our parish families, former & current school families, and other friends of the school to ask for a tax-deductible gift.  The funds raised during this appeal go directly to the operating budget of the school.  The school budgets $25,000 from this fundraiser.


The Athletic Board also organizes the Annual Chili Cook-Off  to offset athletic program expenses and to support the school.  This is one of our larger fundraising events – anywhere from $18,000 to $23,000.  A large part of our revenue from this event comes from sponsorships.  If you’re familiar with any businesses that might be interested in sponsoring this event, please let us know!


Each May, the school board organizes the annual Walk-a-thon.  Students are encouraged to get donations either based on miles walked or a flat donation.  The entire school walks a path around Warrenville.  Funds raised go to the school’s general operating budget.  Last year we raised over $13,000 with the hopes of raising more this year! We are always looking for event sponsors for this event as well, especially for the t-shirts we provide to the students.  Please let us know if you, or someone you know, is interested in supporting the Walk-a-thon!


Dine Out Nights are offered monthly at local restaurants.  Establishments have included Pal Joey’s, McDonalds and California Pizza Kitchen.  The restaurant donates a percentage of sales to St. Irene School.  Flyers announcing the date and location are sent home in the brown envelope, through the school’s E-Newsletter and posted on the school’s Facebook page.


Shoparoo- The Shoparoo app lets you snap a picture of your shopping receipts with a smartphone. Shoparoo anonymously aggregates shopping data for retailers and awards points based on those receipts.  Once a year we receive a check based on those points.  This year we raised almost $400!  This is a “no cost” way to support the school that truly impacts our bottom line.  It just takes a moment to set up.  Download the app for free in Itunes or Play store.


Benefit Mobile App is a great way for families to earn their manna on the run.  If you have forgotten to purchase Manna through the office, you can download the Benefit Mobile App and purchase digital manna cards on the spot and still earn your Manna credit! Benefit sends a monthly check to the school, and earnings get credited to your Manna Fee.


Box Tops for Education – St. Irene School participates in the Box Tops for Education program.  Box tops from participating products can be turned into the school office at any time throughout the year.  You can also earn money when you shop online.  Participating retailers will donate 1-20% of your purchase back to our school when you shop through the BTFE website. It just takes a minute to register at


ABITIBI Paper Recycling - The yellow dumpsters in the school parking lot are provided by a company that pays us to recycle our paper.  Simply bring your old newspaper, magazines, and any other paper recyclables to school and drop them in the dumpsters to generate a little cash (remember, please no cardboard).  Funds received from this program go to offset costs associated with our Outdoor Education program for 5-8 grades.


Fannie May Candy Sales is held in the month of March for delivery before Easter.  Each student is given the opportunity to sell Fannie May Candy.  Profits for those students in grades 4th – 7th will be applied to their outdoor education trip the following school year.  Funds raised from families in preschool – 3rd grade who participate in the fundraiser will go directly to the school operating budget.


Pie Sales - During October/November the 8th graders sell pies to help offset the cost of their end of year class field trip and dinner celebration. 


CLASSROOM SERVICE PROJECTS:  Each classroom is responsible for participating in school wide service projects that may involve small donations that go directly to the organization that the service is being provided for – Mary’s Meals, PADS lunches, etc. Timing of these projects vary based on each classes schedule.


Every year, prior to the Christmas Break, we ask school families to consider a gift to our Annual Teacher Fund to give our teachers a small holiday bonus. This is completely optional and can be contributed to alongside or in lieu of any gifts you may wish to give to your student’s teachers.  Funds collected are shared across the staff.


Also in December your child may come home asking for some money for Santa’s Workshop.  This is not a fundraiser, but an opportunity provided by PACE for our students to purchase gifts for friends and family. 


**Fall and spring Scholastic Book Fairs are held to support the school library.


We are always looking for new and creative ways to raise money to support our school’s operations.  If you have an idea or would like to contribute to any of these event, please contact the school office.  We’d love to hear from you!! The success of our school is dependent on our volunteers and families who make this community such a fantastic place to be.

Thank you for your support!





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