Dear Shady Hill Community,
It is with great pride and deep appreciation that I share how our community has come together to enhance integrated teaching and learning at Shady Hill. The To Build. To Endow. To Preserve. Campaign will soon be concluding, and I want to update you on the Campaign’s success and tell you about some of the work yet to be completed.
The strength of a school can be measured by the strength of its community, and today our School is stronger than ever. Over the course of this comprehensive Campaign our community of donors stepped forward, contributing generously to the Hub, to the Endowment, and to The Shady Hill Fund. This generosity resulted in our not only meeting but surpassing our goal of $15M.
We used roughly 70% of the money raised to build The Hub. The Hub, with its ten new classrooms and a vibrant makerspace, has enabled our teachers to expand how they collaborate and has strengthened the School’s ability to provide creative, experiential, hands-on learning. By adapting the Blue Gym rather than building new, we completed the Hub economically, on time, and under budget. No debt was incurred. Furthermore, the Campaign raised endowment funds to help with operating expenses and future replacement costs. I am proud of our commitment to avoiding adding new expenses to the School’s operating budget, an approach that helps ensure the School’s long-term financial health.
The impact of the Campaign has been extraordinary, and it has bolstered opportunities for active learning as well as for discovery and exploration. Here are just a few examples of the transformative learning and new opportunities that have become possible:
- Every student (B-VIII) has had the opportunity to design, problem solve, and collaborate in The Hub’s new spaces.
- Math and science teachers have collaborated on ways to provide deeper critical-thinking experiences for students in their new classrooms.
- Grade V & VI students initiated a Robotics Club during first recess.
- Afterschool offers many more STEAM activities for Grade III & IV students.
- We launched a STEAM summer camp for Grades I–V.