The elementary and junior high age children attending Morning Star School are typically of average or above average intelligence.  Yet, they usually have one or more diagnosed learning disabilities that make it more difficult for them to receive, process, store and respond to information.  Some students also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which makes it harder for them to concentrate and focus on specific tasks.


Please help us provide the resources listed below to assist our teachers, students and staff.   Where possible, an approximate cost for the item(s) requested is noted.  Thank you to all who help us obtain these needed resources.

Tuition, Technology, Staffing, Curriculum and Maintenance Needs:

  • New Science Program - Nancy Larsen Kits, grades 1-4 $2000.00 average cost/grade

  • IXL Math Program Annual Subscription Service for the entire school $1500.00 annually

  • Rubber Playground Mulch $4000.00 total

  • (1) Television for Classroom $300.00 total

  • Music Outreach Instructor / Patel Conservatory $7,500.00 total

  • Garden Tool Shed $1,000.00 total

  • Garden Soil for Vegetable Boxes or monetary donation for bags of soil $500.00

  • Cara’s Lemonade Stand Tuition Assistance Match (see article below) $43.38 Monthly or one-time


*Cara's Lemonade Stand*

 Last year a 4th grade student named Cara at Morning Star School had a lemonade stand. She made $43.38 and decided to give all of the money to Morning Star School for scholarships. Why? Because she wanted to help! Upon hearing the story, a supporter of Morning Star School, Mr. Burton Odom, wrote a letter to the school. He promised to write a check each month for Tuition Assistance in the amount of $43.38. He wondered “Are there thirty more people who can join me? Are there even more people who can at least make a single donation of $43.38? Is the education at the school so important? Is the environment at the school so special that it must be shared?” Cara thinks it is. Surely the bucket will not be filled, it will overflow.”

Thanks, Cara and Mr. Burton for sharing your gifts with us!
Please support this scholarship fund by
matching Cara’s donation today.


Current fundraising Efforts

The following three fundraising campaigns are under way at this time to help us meet our needs in the areas of assistive technology, special education materials and tuition assistance.  Please let us know if you are interested in helping us to meet the needs of our students.  We greatly appreciate your support.

  • GoFundMe Campaign to raise $8,200 to purchase 20 iPad Mini’s.  With 20 more of these assistive technology devices, we will have approximately one iPad for every 2 students.  The iPads have proven to be great classroom tools that enhance the learning process. Completed in 2016 - Thanks to all the donors!
  • The 31st Annual Morning Star School Golf Classic took place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay.  It is a key fundraiser that enables us to raise money for our school and the families that we serve.  Below is a link to a Sponsor Form if you would still like to make a donation for the recent tournament.
  •  The Catholic Foundation Matching Grant Program -  The Catholic Foundation of St. Petersburg matched donations made to Morning Star School for “Tuition Assistance” at $5,250 matching fund allocation for our school is achieved.  This matching grant program ended December 31, 2015 and has enabled us to raise an additional $10,500 for “Tuition Assistance”. Thanks to all the donors!

If you are interested in making a donation to our school, please contact Paul Reed at Preed@morningstartampa.org.