DEAR PETRA ACADEMY COMMUNITY,
One month ago, I wrote to tell you about an anonymous family at our school who pledged a match gift of up to $75,000 for all funds raised between then and May 31, 2019. (As you might recall, we entered the year needing to raise $127,000 and still had $86,000 left to raise as of the May Board meeting.)
One month later, I'm writing to tell you that - through the generosity of 32 donors - parents, grandparents, staff, friends - we matched the match (and then some - $79,500)! As one father included in a note with his check, "Thank you for providing a great school to partner with in raising our children. We are happy to be used to help in the Petra mission."
Thus, on the heels of finishing up the school year on Friday, and as we continue planning for the 2019-20 school year beginning this fall, I'm writing to tell you that God has set our financial feet on more solid ground. Thanks to the generous match and the enthusiasm it generated, we anticipate finishing the fiscal year in the black, with funds to use toward next year. Enrollment is looking good (we still have room for more new students), and while there is much to do across summer, we are starting from a place few would have predicted apart from God's help. For this and more, we rejoice!
Though our administrative staff try to get some time away from school during the summer, we're not wholly unavailable. Our summer office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays if you need to drop by, and our Tours on Thursday are still available at 9 and 10 a.m. (please spread the word if there's anyone you know who might be a good fit for Petra). If there's anything I can do for you, please feel free to reach me by email or in the office at 406-582-8165.
Thanks for reading and have a great summer!
Humbled by the goodness of God,
Craig Dunham, Petra Headmaster
PS: When we get to July, look for supply lists and other important information pertaining to next year. In the meantime, enjoy June - my favorite month to live in Montana!
PPS: In case you missed it, we graduated ten seniors on Friday night! Look for the video of the commencement ceremony on our Petra Academy Vimeo channel soon (or go there now and watch any one of their ten senior theses)! Congratulations to all ten seniors and their families!