Now in a more eco-friendly format, it is my pleasure to write this introduction letter for the 2012-2013 Annual Report. This document represents, literally and symbolically, the profound generosity of the King community. It is the support of so many generous individuals and families that enables the School to continue to develop programs, facilities, and our sterling Faculty and Staff.
Our community is strong and is built on a history that spans nearly 150 years. Throughout these times, recent and distant, there have been families and individuals who supported the School in powerful and profound ways. There are many individuals and families who have played a critical role in the life of our School. We owe them a debt of gratitude, as they have sustained and supported our School for the past century and a half. In fact, we will recognize and celebrate this anniversary during the 2015-2016 academic year with the Class of 2016 marking the 150th class to graduate from King, or one of our predecessor Schools. You may well sense some activity over the next two years in preparation for this milestone, and you may be asked to become involved. This is an opportunity for us to recognize the deep and rich history of our School, and gain a greater appreciation of the journey our School has experienced to arrive at where it is today.
This report recognizes those who have supported our School in the past year, which is just as significant as each of the preceding years, and we owe our donors a debt of gratitude for the contributions they are making to our School now. We appreciate the community’s commitment to the 2012-2013 Annual Fund. We achieved 92% parent participation and exceeded our goal, once again, reaching an all-time high of $1,715,426 million in gifts. This is impressive, and critical for our ability to continue to offer superb educational programs for our students. Annual Fund supports operations – stronger Faculty compensation and new and enhanced programs – all result from an increased Annual Fund. The stronger the Fund, the more opportunities our students will have. It is that simple.
In addition, we celebrate the completion of our Capital Campaign – A Campaign for Excellence, which is separate from and in addition to the Annual Fund. The Campaign funded our Turf Field complex, the Performing Arts Center, the improvements to the North Field, and the renovations to the Upper School. This is another example of what the generosity of our community means to our students. The School raised $18.5 million during this Campaign, and the work these funds supported transformed the campus that serves our students.
Congratulations on a job well done both by current and past community members. And we’re not finished. There are still challenges we must address and plenty of evidence that we will succeed.
Thank you so much for your support.
Head of School
on Friday November 8
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