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Together We Soar

Kent School Announces Campaign

Together We Soar: The Campaign for Kent School

Celebrating its first half century as one of the premier Pre-K through Grade 8 schools on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Kent School has entered a campaign to launch its next 50 years. Together We Soar: The Campaign for Kent School seeks to raise $2.3M over a three year period to make this vision a reality.

We are delighted to announce that we have raised $1.3 million dollars in support of our Endowment efforts. There is still $1 million to raise in support for capital projects. You can preview interactive panoramic plans or the new Innovation Center HERE and HERE.

With a strong history of graduating students well-equipped for continued college preparatory study at top independent boarding and day schools, parochial and public high schools, Kent School provides a rigorous academic program in a nurturing and supportive learning environment. The enhancements outlined below will enrich the educational experience offered at Kent School by providing an even stronger foundation for all of its students.

Endowment

Together We Soar has added $1M to the General Endowment Undesignated Fund or donor-selected existing endowment funds:
  • Ben P. Gale Fund
  • Duffey Scholarship
  • Joan Flaherty Fund
  • Kudner Leyon Memorial Endowment
  • Merriken Scholarship Fund
  • Revie Scholarship Fund
  • Washington College Endowment Fund
New Endowments will be established with a gift of $100,000 or more.

Capital Projects

(1) Middle School Renovation - $1M
A concrete slab was poured in 2012 to preserve our zoning variance, allowing us to maximize our square footage. An addition is planned to enable us to reimagine the Deborah C. Williams Middle School. Our goal is to complete an Innovation Center with a new Middle School Academic Wing, as well as a new Performing Arts Wing on the second floor of the M.V. “Mike” Williams Gymnasium.

(2) HVAC System Replacement - $150,000
Kent School has recently faced challenges related to aging facilities. It has become necessary to install a comprehensive new HVAC system in the gym and arts building.

(3) PPRRSM - $150,000
Kent School's deferred maintenance fund, PPRRSM (Provision for Plant Replacement, Renewal and Special Maintenance), ensures that the school will be able to manage facilities’ issues as they arise. Together We Soar will add $150,000 to this fund, to ensure our financial security and ability to maintain our capital improvements.

Osprey Fund

The Osprey Fund, Kent School's annual effort, remains our top fundraising priority. Tuition revenue only covers about 90% of the true cost of a Kent School education. The Osprey Fund bridges that gap by supporting each student, teacher, and program.
Donor Opportunities
Middle School Academic Wing –
$500,000
While the exterior of the Middle School Academic Wing will remain as we know it, the interior will be transformed and expanded into bright, inviting spaces housing Language Arts, History, and Math classrooms and serve as a meeting space for the Student Government Association. The 1,400 square foot pad, poured in 2012 as a place-holder footprint for expansion, will serve as the foundation for new construction on the back of the existing Middle School. A gift of $500,000, payable over four years or on another schedule comfortable to the donor, will enable a donor to name the building.

Innovation Center – $250,000
The new Innovation Center in the Middle School will use the study of
Environmental Science (Earth, Life and Physical Science all with the environmental lens), Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics to guide our students into taking thoughtful risks, engaging in experiential learning, solving complex problems, thinking critically, embracing collaboration, and working through the creative process.

2D Art Studio – $50,000
A large, bright space with state-of-the-art supplies, furniture and storage, the Art teaching classroom will support all visual arts including mixed media art and graphic arts.

3D Art Studio – $50,000 RESERVED
A collaborative space for interdisciplinary work, the 3D Art Studio will include a ceramics studio.

Math (2) – $50,000 RESERVED (1)
One Math classroom will be in the Academic Wing and one in the Center.

Middle School Commons $35,000 RESERVED
A Commons area for all Middle School students will provide locker space for all students as well as gathering spaces for study or visiting with friends.

Science Lab – $100,000
The new Middle School Science Lab located in the Innovation Center will feature state-of-the- art equipment.

Humanities Classrooms (3) – $50,000 RESERVED (1)
New Grade 5/6 Language Arts, Grade 7/8 Language Arts and History classrooms will be built as part of the new Academic Wing.

Learning Strategist – $35,000
The new space dedicated to our Orton-Gillingham-trained Learning
Strategist will be adjacent to the Library and facilitate collaboration with the Director of Library Services.


For more information supporting Kent School or Together We Soar: Campaign for Kent School, please contact Victoria Corcoran, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at 410-778-4100 x350 or at vcorcoran@kentschool.org