Brought to you by Friends of Jones

February 24, 2023
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New Fundraising Options = More Ways to Give... Grantee Spotlight: JCP Black Coalition ... February Grants ... "Love Your School" Campaign... Volunteer Opportunities ... Important Dates ... and More!
More Flexible Fundraising + New Ways to Give

For 2023, the Friends of Jones Board is moving away from some of our traditional events and instead hosting a series of fundraising “test and learn” initiatives.  Our primary goal is to help identify different ways for all families to support Friends of Jones at a level that is appropriate and meaningful to them and to fundraise at levels to be able to continue to give back to the Jones community. 

On average, FOJ grants more than $250,000 each year to our community of students, faculty, staff, teams and clubs.  

For the 2022-2023 school year, the FOJ fundraising goal is $275,000 using a mix of initiatives, including: 

Annual Fund: The Annual Fund goal is $100,000 and kicked off in 2022 with outreach to all JCP families and continued with the “Love Your School” activities conducted the week of February 13.  To  date, we have collected approximately $65,000 against our overall Annual Fund goal.  It is not too late to give at a level meaningful to you. Help reach the goal and support the Jones community.
Events: FOJ has traditionally hosted various events to support fundraising, including a large Spring Gala event.  This year we are hosting smaller events that will help highlight key programs at JCP.  The first of these events was held in January where we raised approximately $11,000 for the Fine Arts and JCP, including support for the Spring Musical.
Online: The online auction will return in Spring 2023 with great items to bid on, including priceless Jones items such as VIP reserved tickets for 2023 Graduation and dedicated on-site parking for the 2023-24 school year.  In addition, FOJ will host a “Golden Ticket” raffle for a chance to win your choice of select high-demand auction items including two highly sought-after Taylor Swift tickets.  More details coming soon.
Joneswear and Banners: FOJ parent/guardian volunteers established an online store and host a variety of pop-up dates for in-person Joneswear sales throughout the year.  FOJ also has a limited inventory of street banners available for sponsorship by families and local businesses.  All proceeds from Joneswear and banner sales benefit FOJ and are invested back into our JCP community.

Please Join Us!
Friends of Jones welcomes all parents and guardians of Jones College Prep students.  We hope that you will join us and get involved through a contribution of your time or fundraising support. 

By creating effective and profitable fundraising events and initiatives, FOJ can provide grants to support all aspects of our students’ experiences at JCP.  

We appreciate your contributions to the JCP community!

FOJ Grantee Spotlight: JCP Black Coalition 

The balloon display is part of the JCP Black History Month celebration
The JCP Black Coalition organizes the Annual Black History Month Showcase for students to share their diverse talents with the JCP community. Friends of Jones is proudly supporting the 2023 Black History Month celebration with $3,500 in grant funding for the Showcase dinner and for the balloon display in the main lobby.


Save the Dates!

Spring Fling
Friday, April 21

Seniors' Panoramic Photo
April (date tbd),
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Watch your email for more information!
FOJ February Grant Awards

In February, Friends of Jones awarded up to $48,200.67 in support of administration and student clubs, activities and enrichment.

JCP Administration: $500 for a Principal's Breakfast organized to build stronger relationships with the elementary schools and help reintroduce them to Jones College Prep.

JCP Band: Up to $10,725 grant to support expenses related to the JCP Band Performing in the Hollywood Heritage Festival in California (33 students).

JCP Black Coalition: Up to $3,500 for the Black History Month Showcase dinner and lobby balloon display (benefits entire school community).

JCP Chess Team: Up to $720 to help with travel costs for 6 students to compete in the U.S. High School Nationals tournament in Washington, D.C. (March/April 2023).

JCP Dance Team: Up to $2,100 for choreography and music for dance routines used for state and national competitions (16 dancers).

JCP Drama Club: Up to $18,000 to support costs associated with the production of the spring musical Mamma Mia! As sponsor of the January fundraiser, the Drama Club has already raised $11,000.

JCP Minority College Access Coalition Club:

  • Up to $12,255.67 for flight, hotels, ground transportation, and sites for the Southern California College tour
  • Up to $400 for lunch during the tour of the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Friends of Jones (FOJ) plays an integral role in building the Jones community through volunteering and fundraising. On average, FOJ, the volunteer-led non-profit supporting Jones College Prep, grants more than $250,000 annually to support students, teachers, staff, teams, clubs, and organizations. For more information about the grant process, please visit: Grant Applications - Friends of Jones.

 Jones Students
In support of the Annual Fund, Friends of Jones kicked off its Valentines-themed mini campaign "Love Your School" on February 13. 

For the kickoff, FOJ hosted two selfie stations on Valentine's Day (during and after school) and handed out hot cocoa to Jones students.  Thank you to the volunteers who helped spread the love to our awesome students!

As part of the campaign, we are challenging the families of each class to raise $10,000 in February.   Here is where we stand as of February 21: 
  • Class of 2023:  $6,213.69
  • Class of 2024:  $4,203.24
  • Class of 2025:  $7,250.00
  • Class of 2026:  $2,270.26
Thank you to all who have given to the campaign.  For those that haven’t given, it isn’t too late to give and be counted in this February challenge!  Every donation is needed and appreciated: Donate - Friends of Jones.

The library is looking for standby volunteers to help out approximately once a month for 1 to 2 hours, either before/after school or during lunch.  If you are interested, please contact Onna Jones at or Francis Feeley at

Thank you to all active library volunteers. Our students benefit from your service.

How to Get Your Cozy Joneswear

The groundhog – and the forecast – says that Spring is still a ways away, so why not keep cozy with a Jones hoodie or sweatpants?  Joneswear will be available for sale at upcoming Jones events.  You can always order online at:

Attention Business Owners & Organization Leaders

FOJ’S Corporate Banner Program Has New Pricing! 

Are you a Jones parent who owns a business or leads an organization? Or, maybe you know someone who does? If so, please consider sponsoring one of Jones' 31 lamppost banners that line State, Harrison, Dearborn, and Polk Streets in the heart of Printers Row. It's a way to say THANKS to your Jones community while getting great publicity for your organization!  

Click here or visit our website here to learn more. 

Read the JCP student newspaper! Catch up on all the JCP school news, including school events, sports team results, book and movie recommendations, student and staff profiles and more. Click "Blueprint," above, to read and subscribe or visit

Looking for Literary News?
Read current and past JCP library newsletters on the 
Keeping Up With the Jones Library blog.
Important Dates

  • February 24: Black Coalition Showcase Performance and Dinner
  • February 28: Last Day to Donate to "Love Your School" Campaign! Donate - Friends of Jones

  • April 3 - 7: Spring Break
  • April 13: FOJ Board Meeting 
  • April 21: Spring Fling (volunteers will be needed details coming soon)
The next FOJ Board meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will be virtual; information for joining can be found here:
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The funds that Friends of Jones (FOJ) raises do not go directly to Jones College Prep (JCP) and are not for the direct benefit of the school.  FOJ uses the funds it raises to provide grants at its sole discretion in response to a proposal from JCP students, student organizations and other JCP-related constituents to enrich the JCP attendance experience.  The funds FOJ raises do not belong to JCP and are not controlled by the school.
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