Greenwood Mennonite School has always tried to keep tuition cost as low as possible. We feel as though a Christian education is a very important part of a child’s upbringing, and want to make it affordable for as many families as possible.
We have managed to keep our tuition cost low through several programs. One of these is our annual fundraisers which make up approx. 8 – 10% of our operating budget.
The proceeds’ from these fundraisers are split to help with different programs we have in place. 60% of money raised goes for day-to-day operations. 30% is slated for Capital Improvements on our buildings and facilities, and 10% goes into an endowment fund which is designed to earn interest in hopes of some day providing major scholarships for qualifying students.
GMS has Five Major Fundraiser Events each year
SPRING FESTIVAL – Held the first Saturday in June @ GMS, this event attempts to create a festival feel that attracts both, the GMS community as well as the surrounding towns and cities. The festival is known for food, live entertainment, softball tournament, petting zoo, & lots of kid activities, etc. This is always a family oriented event that brings in the crowd. We are always open to new ideas for this event.
FALL AUCTION – Held normally in mid- November, this is the oldest fundraiser that GMS maintains. The Auction has stood the test of time. The day starts with an All-you-can-eat breakfast and progresses into a full-fledged auction. The items that are auctioned vary from homemade furniture, quilts, autographed items, both new and used equipment, services, meals, vacations, & many various items, that are all donated by many local people & businesses. Local Auctioneers’ volunteer their time to help GMS.
GMS GOLF TOURNAMENT – Held in October, the GMS Golf tournament was started several years ago to capture the love of golf with the passion to help GMS. Each year approx. 15 – 20 foursomes take on the challenge of a local golf course. This has been a good addition to our fundraising program. The competition becomes evident as family members, businesses and co-workers all compete for low score, closest to the pin, longest drive, etc. This past year the first team made up solely of GMS students took to the field.
RACE FOR EDUCATION – This event held in April gets the entire student body involved. Pledges are obtained from family, friends, relatives, etc from all corners of the world. Money is pledged on a “per-lap” basis as the students run, walk, jog, etc around the school track during a given hour. The more laps completed, the more money is raised.
This has been a great way to get relatives that live away from the area an opportunity to participate in the students activities.
SPEC HOUSE PROJECTS – GMS has built and sold houses on the open market for well over 15 years. This has been a vital part of our fundraising efforts. The coordination of this project is taken on by a local contractor, who has been a great asset to the school. Since its inception GMS has built and sold approx. 25 houses in the Kent/Sussex county area. Local contractors are urged to use their skills to reduce the cost of houses being sold. Click Here for current listing