St. James Preschool (SJP) thrives in part due to the generous and dedicated fundraising at the school. The community finds creative ways to raise money relying on time, resources, and talents to make sure that everyone can contribute in their own way. Funds raised are used for school wide projects, professional development for teachers, and to allow us to offer enrichment programming to all children at no extra fee.

Annual Giving Campaign

The Board of Directors, along with Roger and Olivia, announced the SJP Annual Giving Campaign for Spring 2021, which will took the place of our Spring Gala. Our goal was to raise $50,000 to refresh our educational materials, upgrade our curriculum storage system, and fund next year’s enrichment programs.

Spring Gala (April)

Historically, our major fundraiser is the annual Spring Gala, which involves games of chance, community-oriented count-me-ins, and a boisterous live auction. Parents volunteer to solicit donations, and can also give their time and skills to help plan our largest celebration of the year. We can’t wait until our whole school community can come together again! We’re busy brainstorming new ideas about how to celebrate in person when it is safe to do so.

Book Fair (November)

The annual SJP Book Fair previously held at Books Inc. in Laurel Village (and most recently virtually through Green Apple Books and Marcus books) is a fun and festive shopping night with food and drink, and readings for the children. Portions of the sales are donated to SJP.

Wine Raffle (December)

Just in time for the holidays, raffle tickets are sold each year with the winner taking home dozens of bottles of great wine. 

“It’s not hyperbole to say that St. James is a second home to my family. Our eldest son, who graduated from the school more than 4 years ago, still likes to come with me to pick up his brother so he can grab a hug from his former teachers. Because of the special role that St. James plays in our lives, choosing to devote our charitable dollars to the school was one of the easiest choices we’ve ever had to make.”
St. James Parent