Holy Family School was opened in East McKinney in 1951, to serve the children of Spanish speaking migrant workers and others living east of U.S. 75 at that time. The school now serves more than 80 children, and there is a waiting list of 40-plus families.
The school is hosting its annual Fiesta party on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Flour Mill. This important fundraiser is also a fun tradition that started in the 1980s with a wine tasting party at ElDorado and a “Boots and Bowties” dinner and dance for many years. However, for the past two years they have done a Fiesta Gala. You can get involved, and you’ll surely be glad you did!
TownSquareBuzz had the pleasure of talking to Sara Thomas, the president of Holy Family School’s board of directors, to learn more about the school and their popular event.
“Holy Family School provides a safe and loving learning environment for students from all walks of life,” Thomas said. “We have babies from six weeks of age up to a marvelous bilingual pre-k program. Many of our families receive state or federal aid for child care assistance, and many participate in our scholarship programs as well. The scholarship fund helps cover child care costs for folks with short term emergencies, longer term needs, or one-time situations. A major source of funding for the scholarship program is the annual Believe Race, which can be checked out at www.believemckinney.org It’s the most fun event of the Thanksgiving Weekend.”
Holy Family School has a positive impact on the kids and the community.
“Holy Family also has an organic learning garden on our site, and the McKinney Community Garden sits at the back of our property,” Thomas said. “We love our partnership with the gardeners, and our children love the melons, tomatoes, lettuce and sunflower seeds that they’re getting from the garden. Our beloved master gardener is Jeremiah Hammer, and we could not do what we do without him.”
The Fiesta Gala that has been put on for the past two years is in celebration of their founders.
“Our founders, Father and Mrs. Vega, used to hold bi-annual enchilada dinners and neighborhood fiestas, including local mariachi bands and folklorico dancers, so we’re returning to our original heritage.” Thomas said. “Our founders were true visionaries who were way ahead of their time.”
Aside from fundraisers, the Holy Family School is supported and funded by organizations all around the Metroplex.
“Our funding comes from regular tuition payments, CDBG grant funding to assist us in caring for children, from The Samaritan Inn and other Shiloh Place, from state and federal sources, from the Believe Race, and from this gala,” Thomas said. “Plus, we have some community partners such as Encore Wire who help us in times of need. Last but not least, we’re a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and we always receive annual funding from that wonderful group. We’d be lost without them.”
The event’s maximum capacity will be 250 people and they are already half full, so be sure to sign up soon!
To find out more about Holy Family School check out their website at www.hfsmckinney.org