Updated: Apr 30, 2019
By Ryan Welch
The Alpha Omega Academy holds its 21st annual banquet and auction on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the banquet is to recognize the success of the students, especially the senior class, and the goal of the auction is to raise money to help the students with tuition by covering some of the costs of the operating budget, according to Assistant Headmaster Clint Allen.
“We have a really good rate compared to other private schools,” Allen said. “Our rate right now is $5,800 a year, compared to schools down in Conroe which is about $10,000 - $12,000 a year. If you go further down to The Woodlands you are looking at $15,000 - $20,000. We have people come from Spring, Conroe, Trinity, and different places to come to school because it is affordable.”
There is a silent auction where businesses donate products, time and services, Houston Astros and signed Sam Houston merchandise, BBQ equipment among other items in the silent auction, according to Allen. There is also a dessert table, things that classes have made and hundreds of other items to bid on.
“We typically raise about $100,000, we would like to, that’s kind of the goal,” said Allen, “That goes a long way. We have a lot of people who come back each year. We have a lot of parents who pay tuition, yet they give above and beyond and give during the auction.”
The live auction will include such items as hunting or skiing trips, cabin vacations, golf outings and other big ticket items.
“We are humbled by the support that we receive from our community, from Huntsville,” Allen said. “That’s just really the bottom line. People could be giving their money to a lot of different things, and people do, but they choose to come here, they choose to support us.”
There are about 460 students currently enrolled, according to Allen. The fundraisers and small school size are big driving factors in keeping the costs low.
“We just are very, very, grateful for how people respond, they have bought into the vision, the vision of the school, we are grateful for it and humbled by it,” Allen said.
For more information, contact Alpha Omega Academy at (936) 438-8833.