Mission Statement

Friends of Shawe and Pope John Schools, Inc. was founded in 1986 with the purpose of providing financial support for educational programs at Shawe Memorial Junior/Senior High 
School and Pope John XXXIII
Elementary School.

"I feel the education I received at Shawe prepared me well for both college and law school, as well as for my profession and life in general. Shawe provided me with not only an academic background, but also the moral and ethical foundation to succeed in life as a well-rounded person and citizen. I am pleased that my children also received an education and foundation at Shawe that has served them well as they have begun their adult lives." - Rob Barlow, ‘67, Barlow Law Office

In 1986, a small group of dedicated men and women in our local community organized Friends of Shawe and Pope John with a vision of providing long-term financial support to our Catholic schools. From an initial capital campaign of $500,000 to establish Friends, to our more recent Friends for the Future drive that successfully raised $2.5 million, Friends has carefully invested your donations to provide endowed funds that make yearly grants to each school and their teachers. In recent years, Friends has both increased the invested endowment to over $4 million and provided for immediate needs at both schools in the library, technology and tuition assistance. Friends strives to cultivate its donor base to continue generous gifts to the unrestricted fund in our endowment and encourages planned giving as a way to support our schools into the future. As a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of Prince of Peace Catholic Schools, donations to Friends are tax-exempt.