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Resurrection Plans Bus Tour to Raise $50,000 for Matching Grant

Resurrection Catholic School in Boyle Heights needs donors to help them secure a $50,000 Educational Matching Grant; a fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 15 aims to raise the majority of those funds.

“We have never done anything like this before and it’s only because we have this opportunity, really a golden opportunity for matching funds; we can’t let it go that easily,” Monsignor John Morretta, Resurrection Catholic Church Pastor and school board member told EGP on Tuesday. Money raised will go toward tuition scholarships at the school, which has a policy to never turn away a student because of an inability to pay.

The school’s principal, Angelica Figueroa, and parents found and applied for the grant, said Moretta.

Last year, Resurrection School students were featured in a documentary on environmental justice. But the church has a long history of fighting alongside the community for environmental and social justice issues.

Now the school, where most of the students are low-income and Latino, is asking alumni, local businesses, elected officials and celebrities to help them raise the $50,000 needed for the matching grant.

Citing studies by the Universities of Notre Dame and Loyola Marymount, Moretta said the parochial school is a great alternative for students who are struggling in the public education system. The majority of children who attend Resurrection graduate from high school and go on to college, he said. “For minority children in the inner-city, the best chance for an education is a private school, so we are very proud of our record,” he said.

Resurrection currently serves 233 students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, but has a capacity to serve 310 students. Ninety-percent of the students enrolled meet the federal standards for a free lunch, he added. The standard is often used as a measurement of poverty.

The fundraiser will be a one-of-a-kind tour experience, according to Probation Commissioner Sal Martinez, a member of the Friends of Resurrection.

It will feature an open-top, sightseeing double-decker bus and surprise celebrity guests could be on board, he said, adding seating is limited.

“The trip route will include our favorite sons and daughters, elected officials, our local entrepreneurs, law enforcement leaders. The tour will feature historic sites in an effort to meet our goal. This is a great investment!” the group’s fundraising letter proclaims. To reach the ambitious matching grant goal before the March 1 deadline, tickets are ser at $300 per person.

The tour is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will conclude with lunch at Resurrection School. To RSVP, contact Sal Martinez or Resurrection alumni Alessandra Selva via email at friends@resurrection-school.org

People who cannot attend can still make a donation, said Moretta, adding they will be grateful for any amount since even a $10 donation will be matched.

Donations are tax deductible, checks should be made payable to Resurrection School and note the contribution is to the Educational Matching Grant, Tax ID 95-1643348. Visa and Master Card are also being accepted.

For more information visit www.resurrection-school.org