30 Days of Thanks & Giving

At St. Bernard, Thanksgiving is more than a day.

It’s a way of life.

Since 1891 St. Bernard has educated and shaped the lives of young men and women to become leaders, pioneers, and trailblazers — all making the world a better place.

30 Days of Thanks and Giving is an annual autumn campaign that celebrates St. Bernard and its most important assetour people. Each year in the month leading up to Giving Tuesday, we ask our monks, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends, “Why are YOU thankful for St. Bernard?” It is always exciting to read and share these moments of thankfulness here, on the school Facebook page, and on our OneCause giving site.

This year, 30 Days of Thanks and Giving will focus on the classroom, raising money for our new Classroom Grant Program. Earlier in 2021 we asked all of our teachers to develop a “wish list” of up to three of the most needed items for their classrooms.

We aim to raise at least $1,000 per teacher / area which will be administered in the form of grant allowances. Our nurses’ office and library will also receive project grants.


2021 Results

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to raise $28,369 – 113% of our goal! This means all of our teachers, nurses’ office, and library will receive grant awards to improve our students’ educational experiences! Gifts are no longer being accepted for this project. The 2022 project will be announced this fall – stay tuned!



About the Project

Celebrating 130 years of educational excellence this year, our Classroom Grant Program has a goal to provide needed dream items to every one of our classrooms.

As the world continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Bernard is no exception. Our teachers often must purchase needed classroom items from their own personal funds.

This project aims to relieve the strain this places on our teachers and help provide them needed classroom items they may not be able to provide their students otherwise.

We hear the positive feedback from our donors and your excitement around tangible, specific projects. We hope this project will again excite and inspire our donors to make gifts to SBP that will create immediate, direct, and lasting impact for our students today and those of tomorrow.


100% of money raised for this project will go directly into SBP classrooms.

Every one of our teachers as well as our nurses’ office and library will receive an equal portion of the funds in the form of grant allowances. The project goal is a minimum of $1,000 per teacher / area.


Tuition fees and general donations do not cover all classroom expenses.

This project aims to support our teachers with the ability to provide them needed, quality items so as to give our students every educational advantage in the classroom.


Making a gift directly benefits every  teacher, every student.

Our teachers often earn a smaller salary than Alabama public school teachers, yet they are committed to their students and a love of learning. Your gift to this project allows our teachers to purchase needed classroom enrichment items without having to use their personal funds.


30 Days of Thanks and Giving is only possible through gifts made by you, the St. Bernard Family.​

Mindful of the ongoing campaigns supporting the School and Abbey, we make this three-point promise:

1. This is a self-sustaining campaign  only gifts made to this project will be used to support it.

2. Our teachers will each receive an equal share of 100% of all money raised.

3. All items to be purchased with the grants are approved by school leadership, ensuring they are proven classroom needs.

The promise ensures responsible gift stewardship while respecting all donors making gifts to sustain us now and into our next 130 years.


Why should you make a gift to this project?

All gifts made to the school are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law as St. Bernard Preparatory School is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

This is a perfect opportunity to make a charitable gift before the 2020 calendar year ends to add to your charitable giving totals for your income tax returns filed in 2021.