Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of former trustee Rick Stark ’74, a unique and meaningful piece of Vermont Academy has been given new life. Rick salvaged, designed and produced benches out of the original stair steps in Fuller Hall to help create a program for recognizing philanthropic commitments and singularly distinguished service to VA. (You can read the full article about this here
Two class giving awards will be presented at the end of this fiscal year. Both will be recognized with a hand-crafted bench. Beginning this June 2022 and concluding with the kickoff to the school’s 150th anniversary in June 2026, one bench will be awarded annually to the reunion class with the highest rate of participation in giving. A second bench will be awarded each year to the reunion class who gives the largest total contribution. The class achieving either of these milestones can vote to give the bench to someone special they want to honor, such as a teacher, or one of their classmates who has been a great representative of VA values. The class also has the opportunity to request that their bench remain on campus for the benefit and use of the campus community.
The photo on the left has a sneak peak for participation through May 17, 2022. Thank you to the Classes of '43, '45, '46, '51, '53, '57, '63, '64, '67, '99 for their top 10 to date showing. The clock stops at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 30, 2022, so there is still time for you and your classmates to make a gift and put your class in the running for bench honors!
Thanks to the efforts of class leaders and other VA volunteers, Vermont Academy has achieved 412 alumni donors (12% alumni participation). In order for Vermont Academy to reach its 18% alumni participation goal by June 30, 2022, we need 197 more alumni to give to our school. Annual giving makes up approximately 16% of the Vermont Academy budget and as such, is essential to strengthening the school’s financial base and helping it move forward to educate a new generation of students. See how your class participation is here
If you haven’t already made your gift to Vermont Academy, please do so here
. If you have some time to volunteer, please reach out to your class representatives to help them contact classmates to update their contact information and ask them to participate in annual giving to Vermont Academy.
Thank you to all the alumni who have given so far and to those who supported our recent One Day for VA!