JPII Community raises more than a quarter million dollars on North Texas Giving Day

Samantha Flores, J1 Reporter

The John Paul II community raised more than $261,000 this year on the annual North Texas Giving Day.

“It makes me feel good knowing that I gave back to my school’s community,” freshman Megan Mortensen, whose family donated $5,000, said. “I know that the money is going to good use.”

JPII was second overall among schools participating in the North Texas Giving Day.

“Participation in the event was a record with 832 gifts and $261,191 raised,” Advancement Director Jackie Fleming said. “We could not be happier with the results of the day.”

The school received a bonus amount for placing second place in the event.

“The JPII High School Cardinal Community was extremely generous this year,” President Thomas Poore said.

The Cardinal organizers  took new steps to better this year’s Giving Day.

“We used more social media this year to let families know about the event,” Poore said. “We also had students help out in a phone-a-thon.”

Plans are already in progress to make it even better next year.

“We will keep improving on the day overall. Our goal will always be to increase the excitement of being apart of the day of philanthropy with all of North Texas,” Fleming said. “We will continue to strive to ever increase participation and dollars raised benefiting the Annual Fund.”

The annual event has got the attention of students.

“I know the school will do amazing as always, “ senior Hannah Taylor said. “Even though I won’t be here to see it, I will make sure to donate to my school.”