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The Forward Saints campaign will fund an ambitious master plan, allowing St. Andrew's to dramatically increase and enhance its educational space, and to create the facilities required for the school's exceptional curricula and programs to flourish.
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FORWARD SAINTS will allow St. Andrew's to construct a new Early Childhood Center, an Athletics and Recreation Center, a 5th grade loft, and a learning commons and student support center. The campaign will also fund renovations to the existing South Campus space and to the North Campus gym, dining commons, and Middle School.
The new and renovated spaces will benefit every St. Andrew's student, from pre-K3 through grade 12, now and into the future. Receiving a diploma from St. Andrew's has always been a respected accomplishment. As the school's national reputation for excellence has grown, the distinction of being a St. Andrew's student or alumnus has also grown. FORWARD SAINTS builds on that proud heritage of excellence for current students, alumni, and Saints yet to come.
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➤ A new early childhood center for pre-K3, pre-K4, and Kindergarten that includes new construction and the renovation of existing buildings
➤ The repurposing of the existing Kindergarten building to house pre-K3, pre-K4, and Kindergarten co-curricular programs in art/science, library, little chapel, and world languages
➤ An essential indoor play space and flexible, central activity room that can accommodate an entire grade level
➤ A center for the Institute for Learning, Teaching, and Engagement to further St. Andrew's commitment to the greater community
➤ The re-imagining of the current pre-K building as a discovery center that fosters project-based collaboration in Lower School co-curricular programs and will include an expanded science lab, library, added maker space, and a technology suite
➤ Additional parking and improved traffic flow
➤ State-of-the-art Athletics and Recreation Center directly benefiting all Middle and Upper School students
➤ A full-sized competition court and a full-sized multi-purpose court; these convert into four practice courts large enough for St. Andrew's to host basketball and volleyball tournaments
➤ Renovation of the current gymnasium, including significantly expanded weight and training facilities
➤ Committed spaces for dance, fitness, cheer, and other programs
➤ Health and wellness classrooms
➤ Team media and meeting room
➤ Age- and gender-specific locker facilities
➤ Interior event space large enough to accommodate all-school events, including inclement weather graduation ceremonies and St. Andrew's Parents' Association and Booster Club community events
➤ A redesigned commons will improve food service and ensure that all students are efficiently served a fresh, healthy meal before returning to classes
➤ The 5th Grade Loft will be a designated learning area that will make moving to the North Campus an easier and more exciting transition
➤ A learning commons for group study and collaboration among students
➤ Consolidated student services, including guidance counselors, college counselors, learning facilitators, chaplains, and nurses
➤ A student union, spirit and snack shops, and the St. Andrew's Athletic Hall of Fame
➤ Renovated Walker Resource Center for quiet study, student maker space, and faculty work space
➤ Expanded classrooms and administrative space for Middle School
➤ Expanded technology suite
➤ Dedicated Malone Schools Online Network classroom and library classroom
➤ Expanded parking for the Center for Performing Arts and athletic facilities
➤ An Episcopal chapel centrally located where students and faculty can gather for times of quiet reflection and spiritual contemplation
➤ A smaller, sacred space for private prayer, mindful of the diverse faith traditions represented on our campuses
➤ A place of beauty and reverence that flexibly seats 120 and is conducive to smaller services, baptisms, weddings, and recitals
➤ A bell tower to serve as a powerful symbol of St. Andrew's Episcopal tradition, visible from areas all around the North Campus, establishing a clear entry point to the school
WHAT IS THE FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR THE FORWARD SAINTS CAMPAIGN?
The FORWARD SAINTS campaign is comprised of projects totaling $30 million. The proposed Episcopal chapel is an additional $1.3 million project separate from the campaign total.
HOW LONG IS THE PLEDGE PERIOD?
The five-year pledge period allows donors the flexibility to make a larger gift when stretched over time.
WILL THERE BE NAMING OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS CAMPAIGN?
Yes. The plans include several areas ideal for honoring or memorializing family members, friends, an admired teacher, or other loved ones. Please see the insert and contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for the most updated opportunities available.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO GIVE? ARE GIFTS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
In addition to cash gifts, St. Andrew's welcomes gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. Gifts from your IRA and matching gift programs are also welcomed. Gifts in any amount are deeply appreciated and tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
HOW WILL DONORS BE RECOGNIZED?
Donors will be recognized in St. Andrew's publications and on donor walls on both the South and North Campuses. Donors will be invited to special events held in conjunction with the construction and unveiling of the new facilities.
WILL THE ANNUAL FUND CONTINUE DURING THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PERIOD?
Absolutely. As always, and especially during the FORWARD SAINTS campaign, St. Andrew's depends on the Annual Fund to keep us going while we're growing. Additionally, St. Andrew's will continue to welcome gifts to the Touchstone Endowment, as well as planned gifts.
WHEN WILL CONSTRUCTION BEGIN?
Construction on stage one will begin when St. Andrew's reaches $10 million in campaign pledges. The projects in stages two and three will begin when those fundraising thresholds are crossed.
WHAT ABOUT THE GROUNDBREAKING?
The groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art early childhood center for pre-K3, pre-K4, and kindergarten on the South Campus on Old Canton Road in Fondren will begin on Friday, September 18, at 9:00 a.m. This will be followed by a similar ceremony at 10:00 a.m. for a 65,000 square foot athletic healthplex on the Highland Colony North Campus in Ridgeland. Read all about it in this release.
WHEN FORWARD SAINTS REACHES THE $10 MILLION THRESHOLD FOR STAGE ONE, HOW WILL WE KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING INTO STAGES TWO AND THREE?
This is a comprehensive campaign with one, ultimate goal of $30 million. All of the components and stages are interdependent, and fund-raising will continue until the entire campaign is funded. The FORWARD SAINTS campaign has been carefully planned and crafted by trustees, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff so that each stage builds upon the previous stage's success. This holistic approach positions St. Andrew's to best serve its students now and for decades to come.
WILL TUITION INCREASE TO COVER THE COST OF THE NEW FACILITIES?
Tuition will continue to cover the cost of teaching our students. Tuition provides funding for curriculum instruction, innovative programming, faculty salaries, operation and upkeep of buildings and grounds, and other administrative costs. Any tuition increases related to these projects will remain in line with historical tuition increases.
IF I MAKE A MAJOR COMMITMENT TO THIS CAMPAIGN, WILL YOU BE COMING BACK FOR ANOTHER GIFT?
This is a long-term, comprehensive campaign that will position the school for decades to come. Families, alumni, and friends will have the opportunity to make a first gift or to renew a gift commitment if they so desire. St. Andrew's asks every member of our community to consider giving boldly now to help us make this vision a reality as soon as possible.
St. Andrew's is pleased to have business and community leaders Meredith and Jimmy Creekmore as the honorary co-chairs of the Forward Saints campaign. Also providing leadership are campaign chairs Patty and Jeff Christie and Whitney and Ravi Raju.
➤ In 1988, Jimmy Creekmore and his brother founded the company that would become C Spire, the nation's largest privately-held wireless communications company. Jimmy is vice president of Telapex, the holding company for C Spire and other telecommunications firms. Meredith Creekmore is a public relations specialist and board member for Telapex. In 2005, the Creekmore families established the C Spire Foundation, which supports academic, athletic, health, safety, and civic programs. The Creekmores' children, Dolly Creekmore Goings and Hiram Creekmore, and their granddaughter, Catherine Creekmore, are St. Andrew's alumni. Their grandchildren, Meredith Goings (class of 2017) and Hugh Goings (class of 2015), are students at St. Andrew's.
➤ Patty Christie is the owner of Patty Peck Honda and Jeff Christie is the owner of Christie Enterprises. The Christies have a long history of leadership at St. Andrew's, including service as Annual Fund co-chairs and grade captains. Patty was a member of the steering committee for the Campaign for Science and Art, and currently chairs the St. Andrew's Episcopal School Board of Trustees. They have two children, Cadden '11, and Cody (class of 2015).
➤ Dr. Whitney Raju is a staff physician with Hospice Ministries. Whitney is the 2015 Arts on the Green chair. Ravi Raju '88 is general manager for commercial programs and chief marketing officer with Camgian Microsystems. Ravi serves on the St. Andrew's Board of Trustees and has also served multiple terms on the alumni board, including service as the alumni board president. They are the parents of twins, Rand and Rece (class of '21).
Jack Allin '96
Paul Catherwood '85
Faculty Campaign Cabinet Members
- 5th Grade Loft and Dining Commons 1
- 5th Grade Loft and Dining Commons 2
- 5th Grade Loft and Dining Commons Cross Section
- Chapel and New Middle School Entrance
- Early Childhood Center
- Early Childhood Center Bird's-Eye
- Athletic Center Exterior 1
- Athletic Center Exterior 2
- Athletic Center Lobby
- Athletic Center Gym
- Learning Commons
- North Campus Plaza