Donations needed to help fund fine arts programs in Bronx Catholic schools
A shrinking school budget often means cutbacks to art and music programs, but thanks to outside donations that's not the case for some Bronx schools. Cardinal Edward Egan said he wants fine arts programs in all Catholic schools this year. But funding art programs remains a big struggle for Bronx Catholic schools. The schools do not receive money from the Archdiocese of New York and tuition isn't enough to keep the programs going. At Preston High School, paintbrushes will be available to turn a blank canvas into a work of art, thanks to an anonymous donation of $30,000. As a private Catholic high school, officials must fund its art program through outside sources. However, the school's head fundraiser, Peggy Sobier, says the money is not rolling in. She says the biggest challenge is finding groups willing to fund religious organizations. At schools like Our Lady of Mount Carmel, there isn't enough money available for a professional fundraiser. But the school's art teacher says they'll find a way to pay for the classes because they are too important.