In February, our school is participating in the Ronald McDonald House Charities “Read for the House” program, marking 26 years of St. Peter’s School being a part of the success of this incredible endeavor to help ease some of the burdens of families coping with a critically ill child.
This year, we are simplifying the fundraising process, and rather than asking students to set up web pages for their own individual fundraising, we’ll be requesting that all donations be made through a school-wide fundraising page. Our hope is that students will be encouraged to read in support of the Ronald McDonald House, ask for donations from family and friends, and be a part of our collective gift giving to this wonderful organization.
Join the SPS Team – Same Tradition, New Format for 2021!
Participate in Read for the House by reading every day, at school and at home, during the month of February
Ask family and friends to sponsor you by contributing to the St. Peter’s School fund to benefit the Ronald McDonald House
Feel good about doing your part to help families in need!
The Read for the House Program is a service-learning project for children of any age that raises funds to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. In addition to helping guest families, the program promotes the value of community service, encourages reading, and allows participants to engage with educational programming on the Read for the House website.
About the House Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Our two Ronald McDonald Houses provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals, and social services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care. Our three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms extend the support of our Houses into the hospital setting and offer a quiet respite space for families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Ronald McDonald Camp is a week-long overnight camp for children with cancer and their siblings held in the Pocono Mountains every August. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated in partnership with St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, provides comprehensive and continuous oral healthcare to children in North Philadelphia. Proceeds from donations made at local McDonald’s restaurants and support from the McDonald’s system make up less than 10% of our annual revenue. The remainder of our multi-million dollar budget is generated through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. It costs the RMHC of the Philadelphia Region $131 a night per family to provide housing and supportive services; however, families are only asked to contribute $15 per night. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay and the House waives approximately half the nightly fees annually.
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