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A Cinco de Mayo fundraising event brought hundreds of St. John School supporters and community members together and helped raise funds for the $45,000 that was recently presented to the St. John School Educational Foundation.

 Families and supporters of St. John School in Fenton enjoyed a special Cinco de Mayo night out, but it is the students who will benefit from all the funds raised at this event.

 Barbara Walstrom, executive director of the St. John School Educational Foundation, recently presented a check for $45,000 to Rev. Robert Copeland and Andrew Schmidt, interim principal. This money was raised from the Cinco de Mayo event at Coyote Preserve in Tyrone Township, and other donations.

 Of this donation, $30,000 will go to the Resource Program at St. John’s, which served 43 students with mild to moderate learning challenges this year. The resource teacher works closely with classroom teachers, administration, parents, and Fenton Schools Special Services in creating an educational plan for various types of learners.

 “St. John’s is one of a few K-8 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lansing to offer a resource program of this kind,” Walstrom said.

 The remaining $15,000 will go to scholarships for 14 students to be able attend St. John School. 

 The St. John Foundation was formed in 1981 by several longtime parishioners of St. John Church to ensure that St. John School would stay in existence and serve the community for many years in the future. Every year, the foundation and school designate a particular cause to support with a fundraiser.

 “The support we are able to give positively impacts our school and would not be possible without the generous donations and support of our parishioners, school families and community members,” Walstrom said.

 St. John School is now enrolling students for preschool through eighth grade.

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