One of the most important elements of a great city is the opportunity for parents to find an affordable education for their children in the sort of diverse student body that simply does not exist in most suburban or exurban areas. St. Louis offers lots of such good educational choices, but not enough of them — and not enough affordable ones.
That’s why I am grateful for the efforts of the Today & Tomorrow Foundation. The foundation has raised more than $25 million to provide needs-based tuition assistance scholarships to City families who want a faith-based or private elementary school education for their children.
Earlier today, I joined the foundation’s Kevin Short at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, 3022 Oregon. The location was purposeful.
This school term, St. Frances Cabrini is providing a rigorous education to 188 students in grades K-8. The school’s success is the result of a strong partnership of teachers, parents, supporters, and students. Forty-five of St. Frances Cabrini’s students — and more than 300 throughout the City receive scholarships through the foundation. It is unlikely that many of them would be enrolled without the $2,000 that the foundation provides (matching at least $500 from parents).
The foundation’s scholarship program helps schools like St. Frances Cabrini continue to offer great educations to City kids and it gives more good choices to kids’ parents.
I told Kevin that he was helping a City grow stronger.