Nativity of Mary Catholic Church and School

Dear FIRE Foundation,
FIRE means a lot to Nativity of Mary Parish School. Not only does it help kids of all kinds with special needs, but it teaches us to have respect toward everyone we meet. I think this program sets us apart from other schools because inclusion is important. We learn how to help each other. Most schools don't understand how to teach everyone because we all learn differently. We are thankful to have resources and paraprofessionals to educate anyone who wants to learn. It gives kids opportunities they wouldn't normal have. Everyone in our classrooms can work at their own pace and receive help when needed. We can work alongside each other while being social and developing friendships. The paras help typical kids and kids with special needs. It has given me insight about all special needs, emotional and educational, small and large. This year, we worked hard to raise money during FIRE Week. We had challenges for students every day to include everyone in different ways. At the end of the week, we raised over $600 for this cause. Everyone benefits from FIRE and we appreciate everything it does for Nativity students and families. Thank you.

Nativity of Mary School is proud to partner with the FIRE Foundation to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to choose inclusive Catholic education.

From the FIRE Foundation website:

"Through fundraising and advocacy, FIRE lights the way for children with special needs to share in the opportunities that Catholic schools provide. Without funding from FIRE, most students with special learning needs would not be able to attend Catholic schools. By fostering a culture of acceptance and compassion, ALL students benefits from inclusion as they grow together in faith, knowledge and friendship. FIRE’s model of funding and advocacy has become a national model for inclusive Catholic education."

FIRE was founded in 1996 by a group of parents who shared a common dream; for their children with special needs to attend their parish schools with siblings and friends.  Since that time, through the efforts of parents, a dedicated board of directors, many talented volunteers and community members who embrace inclusive Catholic education, $2.4 million has been granted to partner schools in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (MO) to support inclusive Catholic education.

The FIRE Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, makes it possible for partner Catholic schools to hire special educators and paraprofessionals and to acquire learning materials and technology that create successful learning experiences for all children. Without grants from FIRE, most schools would not be able to welcome students with Down syndrome, significant learning disabilities, many who are on the Autism spectrum and students who face other special learning challenges. Children grow up knowing and appreciating each other’s unique gifts.

Who FIRE Serves

FIRE specifically provides financial grants to schools within the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph who are committed to educating children with special needs who would NOT be able to attend without para-professional support.  Partner schools are awarded grants through a formal application process and implement inclusive Catholic education in a way that meets the needs of their unique learning community.

The foundation raises funds to assist schools with the costs of special education services for children with diagnosed special needs including Down syndrome, developmental delays, Lowe’s Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Trisomy 9p and other conditions.  Special education teachers, classroom teachers and para-professionals work as a team to provide the most effective learning opportunities in an inclusive (the same classroom as typical peers) environment.

Additionally, students with mild learning disabilities receive services and support from modifications and instruction provided by special education teachers and para-professionals within inclusive classrooms and resource rooms.

The mission of FIRE doesn’t only benefit students who receive special education services. The spirit of inclusion touches the hearts and lives of all students as well as their families, their educators and the entire faith community."​

FIRE Calendar

23 - Back to School Happy Hour

23 - FIREBall Raffle begins


1 - T-shirt Sales (online) begin   sale ends Sept. 15th

6- Friend of FIRE mtg Summit Grill

14 - Kendra Scott shopping Night

27 - Friends of FIRE mtg

27 - FIREBall tickets deadline


9-13 - FIREBall week

14 - FIREBALL Midland Theater


1 - Friends of FIRE Mtg


2 - Nell Hills & Trezo Mare Shopping Benefit Day


6 - Friends of FIRE Mtg


6 - Friends of FIRE Mtg


3 - Friends of FIRE Mtg

30 -Playing with FIRE Golf Tournament


Purses with Purpose TBD


Kendra Scott Fundraising Night –
Thursday, September 14th

        Plaza Location

FIREBALL 2017, Hot Havana Night
– Saturday, October 14th  

        6:00 PM  Midland Theater

2018 Playing With FIRE Golf Tournament
– Monday, April 30, 2018 

        Hillcrest Country Club

2018 Purses with Purpose
– June, 2018 (Place TBA)