St. Mary’s School has several opportunities to raise funds throughout the year. Whether you donate, sponsor, attend, or volunteer, we appreciate your involvement. Your participation adds to our success.

St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:   Matching Campaign will conclude on June 1 2024.

During Catholic Schools Week, Father Bill Vander Werff announced that a generous and anonymous donor offered a $50,000 challenge gift to our school’s endowment. This opportunity invites the community to partiipate, with the hope of ensuring Catholic education will be financially sustainable and affordable in the future.

We’re looking forward to sharing the donor’s story of faith, family, and service in the Spring publication of Generous Hearts by the Catholic Foundation of West Michigan, which will arrive in mailboxes on April 24.

St. Mary’s School endowment was started in 1992 by Rev. Anthony Vainavicz (Father Tony) and managed by the Catholic Foundation.
(Pictured above: Greg Deja, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of West Michigan, Father Tony, and Father Bill, pastor of St. Mary’s Church and School)

Include St. Mary’s School in Your Will or Trust

CLICK HERE to view Rev. Anthony Vainavicz Endowment support video

St. Mary’s School Endowment was started in 1992 by Reverend Anthony Vainavicz (Fr. Tony) to ensure that Catholic education at St. Mary’s School would be financially sustainable and affordable into the future.

In partnership with the Catholic Foundation of West Michigan, we are modeling a culture of Catholic stewardship by honoring the legacy of past St. Mary’s leaders. Each year, the school uses the endowment distribution to support innovative projects that enhance the pursuit of our mission.

Your contribution will allow us to continue to be inspired, rooted, and excellent in all we do, ensuring a lasting impact on the lives of students receiving Catholic education at St. Mary’s School for years to come. 

We ask for your continued prayers for the growth and success of St. Mary’s School.

Contributions to the Endowment can be sent to St. Mary’s Parish or School. If you would like to speak to someone to learn more about the St. Mary’s School Endowment, contact the St. Mary’s Parish office at 616-842-1702 and someone will reach out to you.

If you’d prefer to donate online now, please follow the link HERE and select School Endowment Fund under the Fund/drop down menu.

St. Mary’s School Scholarship Fund

Please prayerfully consider donating to St. Mary’s School Scholarship Fund. Tuition support is needed more now than ever. 100% of your donation helps ensure a Catholic education is accessible to families in need.

Donate by check :
Please make checks out to St. Mary’s School
Checks can be mailed or dropped off at both the Parish and School offices.

St. Mary’s School                  St. Mary’s Parish
430 E. Savidge St.                 406 E. Savidge St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456     Spring Lake, MI 49456

Donate online :
If you’d prefer to donate now, please follow the link HERE and select School Scholarship Fund under the Fund/drop down menu.

St. Mary’s Annual Fund

Please consider making a gift to the St. Mary’s School Annual Fund.
Your tax-deductible donation plays a special role in the continued success of our students, our faculty, and programs at St. Mary’s School.

We are grateful to God for your support. We know we are fortunate to receive a Catholic education so we can grow in faith and knowledge each day to become the church and community leaders of the future.  We ask for your continued prayers for the growth and success of St. Mary’s School.
– St. Mary’s School Students

Donate by check :
Please make checks out to St. Mary’s School
Checks can be mailed or dropped off at both the Parish and School offices.

St. Mary’s School                  St. Mary’s Parish
430 E. Savidge St.                 406 E. Savidge St.
Spring Lake, MI 49456     Spring Lake, MI 49456

If you’d prefer to donate now, please follow the link HERE and select School Annual Fund under the Fund/drop down menu.

Paper Gator – Community Paper Recycling

Our St. Mary’s Campus has 2 PaperGators Available 24/7 and open every day throughout the year.

The 2 PaperGators are located on the south
campus parking lot, next to the food pantry.

What can go in the bin?
School/Office Paper – News Paper – Junk Mail – Hard & Soft Cover Books – Magazines – Shredded Paper (Bagged in Clear Plastic) – Paperboard (Cereal Type Boxes) – * Cardboard (12″ x 12″ or smaller) – Wrapping Paper (no foil or sparkles)
What can’t go in the bin?
Plastic – Metal – Glass – Garbage
Buy a Memorial Brick

Purchase a custom engraved brick for the cross on the walkway located at the north entrance of St. Mary’s School as a memorial of a friend, family member, favorite teacher/staff member, or honor past alums or current students.
View custom brick details HERE

Race for Education


St. Mary’s School Race for Education is an annual event that we look forward to each year!!
Students and staff run or walk laps around a designated area of our school campus for 1 hour. Students have traditionally collected sponsor/donations for their efforts from family near and far, neighbors and friends.

Family and friends are encouraged to come walk or cheer on students.
We’ll have water stations, first aid stations and plenty of volunteers ensuring a safe route for all participants.

There’s two ways students may choose to engage this year in our Race for Education fundraising efforts:

  1. We’re bringing back the hand written letters from each student. Names with addresses will be provided, and Race for Education sponsorship request forms are mailed to those recipients. We prayerfully ask that you mail yours back promptly to the school office. If you do not receive a sponsorship request and would like to participate, please call the school office at 616-842-1282.
  2. We’re using an awesome web based fundraising system that makes it easy for family and friends to pledge. They’ll recieve an electronic sponsor invitation and use secure credit card donations online (credit card, Paypal or Venmo).

We still accept cash donations in the school office, or a check made out to St. Mary’s School at 430 E. Savidge Street, Spring Lake, Michigan 49456

If you’d like to donate now, scan the QR code and donate online
(be sure to let us know the name of the student you are sponsoring in he notes)

Become a Race Day Sponsor! ADD YOUR NAME OR BUSINESS to the back of our race day t-shirts!
Each year, we provide the students and staff with a CYCLONES Race for Education t-shirt, which are typically sponsored by several of our St. Mary’s School families, neighbors, friends and a few businesses. View the sponsorship opportunities linked HERE

Another BIG St. Mary’s THANK YOU to last years t-shirt sponsors shown below! 
Family FUN Night Auction

“Family FUN Night!” An evening of fun with your family! 

Get ready for a community family night to remember – Guaranteed! There will be high-energy live and silent auctions, raffles, games, food and entertainment.

The classroom projects are an auction highlight!
Preschool through 8th-grade students will create a unique treasure they work on together in class. Each class project will be displayed, and families can bid through a silent auction – the lucky winner takes it home!

The “kids raffle table” is another auction favorite!
Kids purchase tickets and drop them into containers next to the items they would love to win – snowboard, scooter, legos, games – a great selection for all age groups!

St. Mary’s Metal Yard Stake Signs

We are PROUD to be part of the St. Mary’s community – Let’s show it!

The “S” for Saint, “M” for Mary’s, and the building with cross is custom die cut metal and powder coated in a bright blue enamel finish that will withstand the element for years to come.

$40 each – Available for immediate pick up in the school office.
Cash, check (made out to St. Mary’s School), or credit card payment accepted in the school office

Questions? Contact or 616-842-1282

School Spirit Store

St. Mary’s spirit gear is available for purchase year-round.

View online store HERE


SCRIP is a program where you buy gift cards or certificates to pay for your purchases – food, gas, clothing, office supplies, gifts, etc. It involves planning future purchases and buying gift cards to pay for them. You can designate your benefit to a St. Mary’s School family to apply toward tuition.

See the SCRIP page for more information.

Box Tops for Education

The monies raised through our Box Tops for Education Program go toward the purchase/upkeep of our school playground equipment.
Box Tops is changing to fit today’s families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online.

Donate your Returnable Cans and Bottles to Benefit St. Mary’s School!!

Let us do the dirty work!
Volunteers will be standing by to take back your empty refundable cans and bottles to benefit St. Mary’s School!

  • First Wednesday (at school drop-off)
  • First Sunday (Masses) of each month near the PaperGator at south parking lot.
If unable to drop-off on designated dates, Dan Artibee has generously offered to pick up.
Call  616-402-4052

We’re always looking for volunteers to help with returns  – Fun for kids to help!

Please note: Can drives that fall on days where school is not in session will be canceled.