Spirit Fund

Like all independent schools, Christ Methodist has an annual giving campaign. Ours is called The Spirit Fund.  This annual fund helps keep tuition increases to a moderate level. Dollars raised are used each year to add value to our students’ educational experience in ways that tuition can’t cover. Each family’s participation, at their individual level of ability, is very important.

 

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From building bridges to creating catapults to designing a house that will withstand an earthquake, CMDS students are exposed to a STEAM Initiative that forms the foundation of the academic curriculum at our school. Rather than teach science, technology, engineering, art and math in a vacuum, our STEAM program integrates these subjects in an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum that more closely aligns with what ­students will experience in high school, college, and the workforce. These days, students are used to working with technology.  Active engagement is always more meaningful than worksheets, and lot’s more fun!  The Spirit Fund supports the STEAM initiative each year.

Thanks to our many donors, we exceeded our 2015-16 Spirit Fund goals and were able to build some exciting new teaching spaces:

  • Students are living out the engineering design process in a brand new, state of the art Engineering Lab.  The E Lab is an an environment where they feel comfortable taking risks and trying new ideas, where they can tinker, create, collaborate, and build!
  • Early childhood students have a similar opportunity with the new Discovery Room, where the curriculum is a combination of science and an introduction to engineering.
  • Both, the early childhood and grade school art rooms have been re-imagined and re-designed to create the perfect space for teachers to guide each student to his/her highest level of creativity in a variety of mediums.

Watch for some great work to come out of these new classrooms!

The following are areas in which we hope to spend this year’s Spirit fund dollars:

  • Progressive classrooms, such as an outdoor learning garden
  • Tech tools for a 1:1 ratio of student to device
  • Student life, to include enhancements to Rash Hall and all outdoor play areas

We hope you will want to be a part of helping CMDS attain more exciting additions for teaching and learning by making a donation to the the 2016-2017 Spirit Fund. 

Ways To Give

Pledge, cash or credit card

Your pledge can be paid over time through June 30 of each calendar year.  Print a remittance form to mail with your pledge or check to Christ Methodist Day School Spirit Fund, 411 S. Grove Park, Memphis, TN  38117. To make a donation by credit card on our secure giving page click here.

Spirit Fund Giving Levels

Founders Society 

$10,000 + Ella McVean Club
$5,000 – $9,999 David Fox Club
$2,500- $4,999 Sam Drash Club
$1,000 – $2,499 Headmaster’s Club
$500 – $999 Chairman’s Club
$250 – $499 Faculty
$126 – $249 Friends
$125 (up to)

 

Matching Gifts
Many corporations match their employees’ charitable donations. Check your employer’s website or human resources department for more information regarding their policy. It is a simple way to increase the value of your gift significantly.

Planned Giving- Tax laws intentionally encourage planned charitable giving which can many times reduce income tax, estate tax and capital gains tax. Some options are:

  • A bequest in your will
  • Long-term appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds)
  • Life insurance policy with Christ Methodist Day School as the primary beneficiary
  • Real property
  • Personal property (artwork, jewelry, collectibles)
  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust – provides the donor an annual percentage payment based on the fair market value of an asset for the donor’s lifetime, while the school receives a substantial gift.
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust – similar plan, but the payments to the donor fluctuate based on the fair market value of the asset each year.

Call Jeanie at 901-202-6060 for more information.  Please contact your financial adviser or other professional for advice about your personal options in setting up your planned gift.

 

We’re “Building a Pathway to the Future Brick by Brick”  The perfect way to honor or remember someone is to add a custom inscribed brick to our courtyard.  Prices start at $200.  Proceeds from the courtyard brick project go directly to the Spirit Fund. Print and complete the brick order form and mail to CMDS Spirit Fund, 411 S. Grove Park, Memphis, TN  38117. 

Brick Order Form
Remittance Form

Memorial Scholarship Funds

The following scholarship funds were established in memory of several former students and special friends. To contribute to a scholarship fund, please send your donation to Jeanie Gundlach, Director of Development, Christ Methodist Day School, 411 S. Grove Park, Memphis, TN  38117.  If your gift is an honorarium or memorial, be sure to include names and addresses for those whom you wish for us to notify. Jeanie can be reached at development@cmdsmemphis.org  or 901-202-6060.

For more information or a confidential conversation about financial assistance, contact Alison Hinson at 901-261-2157.

Nancy Kelley Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Nancy Kelley, a 1982 CMDS graduate, by her family

Howard Morrison Spirit Scholarship

Established in memory of Howard Morrison, a 1983 graduate of CMDS, by his family

Cy Robinson Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Cy Robinson, a 1990 graduate of CMDS, by his family

Dorris L. Smith Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Dorris L. Smith, a Bible teacher at CMDS for 19 years

Billy R. Pruett Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Billy R. Pruett, husband of retired CMDS teacher, Betty Pruett 

Sponsored Scholarship Reserve Fund

The purpose of this program is to create a more diverse learning community by providing high quality, Christian academic preparation to students whose ethnic and/or socioeconomic backgrounds are different from students traditionally enrolled at CMDS. This scholarship should be a multi-year commitment, as it funds tuition for a student up through 6th grade graduation.

 

Partner Programs

Christ Methodist Day School has a number of corporate partners who give back a percentage of sales when our families and friends shop in their businesses and buy their products.  Please review the list below to make sure that you are taking advantage of all these opportunities that mean … FREE MONEY FOR CMDS!

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

Our Kroger fundraiser is an easy and fast way to help raise funds for CMDS. Once you register your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card for the new Kroger Community Rewards Program, each time your card is swiped at checkout, a portion of your purchase dollars will be donated to CMDS. Click here to download and print detailed instructions on how to register your Kroger’s Plus Shopper’s card, then use this link to enroll your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card: www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Our organization number is 81211. If you don’t have a Kroger card, simply stop by the Kroger Customer Service Desk during your next visit to fill out an application.


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

As you purchase participating Box Tops for Education products, save the trimmed Box Tops coupons from each product. Store them in a Ziploc bag that has your child’s name and teacher’s name clearly printed on the outside. We typically collect Box Tops on the last Friday of every month, coinciding with CMDS T-Shirt and Jeans Day. Click here for a complete listing of participating products.  


LANDS END

Every time you shop for school uniforms online or by mail and use our special Christ Methodist Day School code, Lands’ End will make a donation to our school.  Any purchase from the Lands’ End School uniform catalog applies, including adult purchases such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece jackets, exercise clothing, and more. Our special Lands’ End identification code is: 900054255