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A Christmas message from Chairman, Lewis S. Ranieri

Dear Friend of Tomorrow’s Hope,

As the Christmas season is once again upon us, we reflect on the nativity scene where gifts of the

Magi were brought to Jesus in the manger. These precious offerings of gold, frankincense, and myrrh not only represent material wealth but the deeper values of faith and community. In the same light, I am making this heartfelt appeal to support the gift of Catholic elementary education on Long Island, where faith, academics, and community are the treasures we offer to our students.

Faith - The First Gift: Just as the Magi's gift of gold symbolized wealth and abundance, we believe that faith is the most precious wealth we can pass on to our children. A Catholic education instills the values of love, compassion, and service, thereby guiding our students toward a deeper connection with their faith. Through the strengthening of the Catholic identity within the overall curriculum of our schools and the nurturing of moral character, we help our students develop a strong foundation on which to build their lives.

Academics - The Second Gift: Among the gifts, frankincense represents knowledge and wisdom. Similarly, academics serve as a means to heighten our students' minds and imaginations, thereby helping them to reach their full potential. Our dedicated teachers work with the iReady program, an innovative web-based student benchmarking tool that provides personalized instruction in Math and Reading. To date, the results of this program continue to exceed the expectation of learning both at the statewide level and nationally.

Community - The Third Gift: In the nativity story, myrrh was a gift of great significance, symbolizing the unity and community that surround us. Our schools are communities where students, parents, and educators come together to support one another. The “Curriculum Leads” program was recently established for our educators to pool resources and share their expertise with each other to further enhance their students’ learning experience. In addition to their academics, the importance of compassion, respect, and empathy are consistently emphasized, teaching our students to be responsible, caring, and engaged citizens.

This Christmas season, I ask you to please consider supporting Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and help us give the gift of Catholic education to the many students in need across Long Island. Your generous contributions will enable us to continue providing the tuition assistance necessary for these children to receive a faith-based education with high-quality academics and a strong sense of community. Just as the Magi's gifts were given in the spirit of love and selflessness, we invite you to be a part of our mission to help nurture the hearts and minds of our students.

Together, we can ensure that the three gifts of faith, academics, and community for Today’s children are Tomorrow’s Hope! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.


Lewis S. Ranieri, Chairman

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