The St. Mary’s Council #1470 of the Knights of Columbus illustrated their support for Catholic education through their sponsor agreement with Mother Catherine Academy, the independent Catholic school that will open in Mechanicsville
“The Knights’ sponsorship is critical to our mission. It allows the many individuals and companies who support Mother Catherine Academy to make a donation to this effort that is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law,” said interim MCA treasurer James Horstkamp.
MCA has formed a not for profit corporation to legally establish the new school and is in the process of applying for its tax exempt status. That application may take more than six months, said Tom Cavanaugh, president of the MCA board of trustees. The Knights of Columbus’ intervention provides a critical mechanism by which the school can start receiving financial support now.
“One of the most important things we do as Knights of Columbus is to support Catholic education,” said John Slaughter, president of St. Mary’s Council #1470 Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. “We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the Board and families who are making such sacrifices to enable the success of MCA, and to allow the continued availability of such an education in their area of St. Mary’s County.” Donations will go to the school through the Knights of Columbus, who have set up an account within their 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation for the benefit of Catholic education at MCA. The entire amount of the donation will go to the school, which will use the money in areas such as general operating expenses, technology in the classroom initiatives, and tuition assistance for families that require it, Cavanaugh said.
In a similar spirit of community mindedness, MCA has reached out to the community in new ways to ensure the new school’s services are available to all who are interested. These initiatives include a multi child tuition rate that makes Catholic education accessible to all families regardless of size, and an investigation into what services the school could offer families who homeschool their children.
Individuals or corporations interested in donating to MCA can write a check payable to KoC #1470 Charities MCA and mail it or drop it off at the school at 38833 Chaptico Rd in Mechanicsville, 20659. Be sure to include your name, mailing address and phone number on the donation so that the Knights of Columbus can send a receipt.