Holy Family builds on future through its past
Development plan reconnects school and alumni
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
A Green Bay Catholic elementary school is building for the
future by reconnecting with the past.
Holy Family School, which began as St. Agnes School in 1955,
launched a three-year development plan in 2001, which includes
components designed to build relationships with alumni. The
school's first alumni newsletter was mailed to approximately 1,200
graduates in March. The first-ever school reunion, planned by a
10-member alumni committee, was held in August in the school
"For the graduates, their nine years here were important times
in their lives," said Lynn Mullins, who heads the Holy Family
Development Committee. "We want them to still feel a part of the
school. The newsletter allows us to share updates about the school
and the alumni to let us know what they're doing."
"We are planning a reunion every year," she continued. "Some of
the graduates who attended this year's reunion had not been back in
the school in years. The first thing they did was go upstairs and
find their old classrooms."
Alumni from the classes of 1956 to 1987 were invited to the
first reunion with special emphasis placed on the classes
celebrating 45, 40, 35, 30, 25 and 20-year graduation anniversaries
and the class of 1956, the first to graduate from St. Agnes
The development plan also includes the distribution of an annual
report to parents, parishioners and alumni, and an annual campaign.
The first Annual Campaign of Support, which ran from May 5 to Sept.
30, collected gifts for current needs, including asbestos removal,
replacement carpeting in the library and new science textbooks;
donations for future needs, a tax-exempt endowment fund maintained
by the Holy Family School Foundation Inc.; and pledges for prayer
"It isn't just about financial support," said Mullins. "We have
more than 30 prayer partners. There are a variety of ways people
can support the school."
The diocesan department of development assisted Mullins and
development committee members Kay VanBoxel and Jane Wicker in
implementing the financial components of the annual campaign.
"They gave us direction," said VanBoxel. "We didn't have to
develop it on our own. Chris Broslavick (Total Catholic Education)
and Cindi Brawner (Development) were so helpful in getting us
started. They gave us a template. It was so nice to have that to
fall back on."
Information brochures and pledge cards were mailed to all
members of St. Agnes and St. Elizabeth Seton parishes, who jointly
support Holy Family School. Alumni will be included in future
campaigns. Totals from the first campaign were $13,180.50
designated for current needs, and $1,837.50 towards future
"It's a good first step," said Mullins. "We first looked at
development seven years ago during the accreditation process and
realized we have something good here. We decided to make sure we
had something good here in the future."
"Continuing the Legacy ..." serves as the theme for the annual
campaign. VanBoxel said it fits the school's mission.
"I went to school here and my children attend school here," she
said. "Over the years the school has changed for the better. I can
remember when there were classes with more than 40 students. There
are smaller class sizes now. There is more diversification among
the classes offered."
"The students are so blessed to have the Franciscan nuns there
and so lucky to have a convent on the premises," added VanBoxel.
"It's good for the kids to see the sisters living out their
"The theme fits nicely with the focus on the alumni," said
Mullins. "We've seen the benefits of a good, solid Catholic
education and realize that we need to support it."