PIP

As the largest ministry in St. Jude parish, and in keeping with the spirit of true stewardship, we value our parents for the time, talent and treasure they share with us. The Parent Involvement Program (PIP) at St. Jude School was started in 1991 with a two-fold purpose.

First, it benefits the faculty and staff by providing an ample, consistent source of help for clerical projects, classroom project preparation, class parties, work crews, library assistants, scout leaders, field trip and dance chaperones, Grandparents Day, HASA, Athletic Association and dozens of other areas.

Second, and perhaps most important, it was formed to follow through on a Department of Education study that showed that students perform better in the classroom when their parents are involved in their school.

 Catch the Spirit – We are all St. Jude School!!!! As a part of our enrollment, each family is required to actively participate in the PIP program.  Participation involves volunteering 8 hours of time per enrolled student in grades K - 8, with a maximum of 20 hours per a family with 3 or more children. A minimum of 2 hours must be designated to one of the many HASA (Home and School events that are held and organized throughout the year.) Our mission includes our desire that students leave here with an understanding of the value of service. Our PIP program encourages our school families to help us to teach this trait and allows us to operate in a more cost efficient manner. Thank you for being a part of our St. Jude School family and for the love of service you show to our community. 

Policy Regarding PIP & Donations of Goods or Money 

Every parent at St. Jude School is required to complete 8 hours of PIP volunteer time/child. Families with 3 or more children must complete 20 PIP hours. In certain circumstances, PIP hours will be given for donations of goods or money for the benefit of St. Jude School. In those instances, the exchange is usually 1 PIP hour/$10 donated. Unless otherwise arranged, families can earn a maximum of 5 hours/child in that manner. 

St Jude School parents have traditionally responded to "PIP" by not only meeting the minimal required 8 hours per child, but by consistently surpassing a total of 10,000 volunteer hours per year!

Virtus Training

The Virtus programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children. The 3 hour course entitled “Protecting God’s Children” is offered in seminar format, and schedules are posted regularly in the East Tennessee Catholic. In order to volunteer in the classroom, chaperone a field trip, or work in any other capacity where you are working with or around students, the Diocese of Knoxville requires that you be Virtus trained. For more information on Virtus training, go to www.virtus.org.

CLICK HERE to register or to see the list of upcoming sessions.