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The Annual Promise Fund

The Promise Fund, Riverside Presbyterian Day School’s annual giving program, runs from September 1 through May 31 every year, and is one of the most important sources of revenue for our school, other than tuition. All contributions to The Promise Fund are 100 percent tax deductible, and unless designated otherwise, unrestricted, which is the most helpful type of gift to our school.

The Promise Fund is an essential part of the annual operating budget, and just as our mission to educate the mind, nurture the spirit and foster the development of the whole child is infused into all aspects of RPDS, so too does the Promise Fund touch every part of the RPDS experience.

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Your Promise Fund Dollars in Action:

Last year, The Promise Fund raised over $250,000 and enriched Riverside in the following ways: 

  • Financial Assistance. 20% of RPDS students receive a need-based financial award of some type thanks to The Promise Fund and the RPDS Endowment Fund.

  • Members of faculty and staff, traveled to institutes and conferences across the country for advanced training in the areas of STEAM, Literacy, Instructional Technology, Leadership, and Diversity and Equality

  • A new state-of-the-art kiln was added to the art program, which fires over 1,000 pieces of clay artwork each school year.

  • Flexible seating was recently installed in the Spanish and Mandarin Chinese Classrooms. This enables students to move fluidly within the classroom and allows teachers to arrange seating appropriate to the learning activity. These programs were also enriched by new literacy libraries and manipulatives, which support the pedagogy and enhance the overall foreign language experience.

  • RPDS remains at the forefront of the STEAM movement with maker spaces designed for every student, from PreK-4 through 6th Grade. These innovative spaces include the new KIBO Sound Record/ Playback Module, new litteBits, a second 3D printer, Root Robots (coming soon), green screen set-up, flexible seating arrangements and hands-on resources giving them the ability to plan, build, design, collaborate and create.

  • New to the Rice Sports Zone is the addition of an Octoball Court - a variant of four square and dodgeball.

  • The Music Classroom was given a sunny update, along with the addition of a new musical instrument – the Ukulele!

  • Kissling Auditorium was outfitted with an upgraded sound system to improve sound quality for drama and musical performances. 

YOUR gift to The Promise Fund every year makes a difference every day - Thank YOU!

Promise Fund Giving Circles

1948 Founders Society

Kissling Circle: $20,000+
Williams Circle: $10,000 - $19,999
Founders Circle: $5,000 - $9,999
1948 Circle: $1,948 - $4,999
Headmaster’s Circle: $1,000 - $1,947

Builders Circle

Bridge: $500 - $999
Cornerstone: $250 - $499
Pillar: $100 - $249
Foundation: up to $100



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