2nd Year Funding

Agency Background: Imago Dei Middle School, established in 2005, serves boys and girls in the 5th – 8th grades from families with low income residing in Tucson. The school focuses on educating the whole child and breaking cycles of poverty. The criteria for admission are based on students qualifying for Federal Government Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Students are selected to attend using a lottery system. The school operates as a tuition-free school; therefore, donor support is essential. The school session for all grades is ten hours per day, 5.5 days per week and eleven months per year. The teacher-to-student ratio is never greater than 1 teacher per 10 pupils. The cost per student is $15,000.

Focus of the 2013 SCCF Grant: Food & Uniforms 90% of Imago Dei students live in households with an annual income of less than $23,000. Consequently families frequently run out of money to buy food. The school provides students with daily breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks. While they now qualify for reimbursement through the Nat’l School Lunch Program there is a need to make up the $14,000 difference between food expenses and federal reimbursement. Imago Dei also provides each student with 5 shirts a year at a cost to the school annually of $6,000.

Website: www.imagodeischool.org
Contact: The Rev. Anne Sawyer, Head of School asimagodei@aol.com