Greenwich Academy: Looking to the ‘future’

Seventh grade student Avery Barakett holding up the iPhone case that she designed and printed on one of GA’s 3D printers.

Seventh grade student Avery Barakett holding up the iPhone case that she designed and printed on one of GA’s 3D printers.

Greenwich Academy is one step closer to a bright future, recently announcing that it has raised more than $51 million toward the $60 million goal of the school’s Campaign for the Future.

During the summer, a current Greenwich Academy family that had already committed to a $5 million lead pledge toward the campaign put forth a compelling challenge. The donor generously proposed that if GA could raise $50 million by mid-September, they would commit another $5 million to be matched by the GA community, to get the school over the $60 million finish line.

The gift from this family totaling $10 million will be the single largest campaign donation in Greenwich Academy’s 187-year history.

Head of School Molly King said, “The kindness and generosity of our community throughout this campaign has been overwhelming, and very much appreciated. To have exceeded our target for tonight, is a testament to how much our parents and alumnae support the education and values that we instill in our girls. And of course, we cannot overstate our gratitude to our anonymous donor who has set this challenge that will result in $10 million toward our goal. What makes this family’s gift all the more remarkable is that theirs is not just a financial commitment to GA, but one of school-wide involvement. We know our community will respond.”

The Campaign for the Future funds GA’s Initiatives for the Future, designed to help girls and young women develop the skills they will need to become leaders in the 21st century. Under the Initiatives for the Future (IFF), Greenwich Academy has launched several groundbreaking programs. This summer, GA expanded its GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) social network to include select girls’ schools from across the country.

The goal of this program is to connect girls and professional women with a passion for STEM-related fields to support and inspire one another. Professionals participating in the network include the head of a prominent engineering college, the president of a national women’s engineering society, doctors, researchers and top executives from Fortune 500 companies. Member Schools include Castilleja in Palo Alto, Calif; Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tenn.; Hathaway Brown in Cleveland, Ohio, the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas and Marymount in New York City.

This fall marked the opening of GA’s Design and Engineering Lab which features computer-driven fabrication equipment including a 3D printer, CNC router and laser cutter. Girls in all three divisions will learn how to turn their ideas into digital models, and then in turn, use those models to fabricate objects in the lab. The design lab provides a space for girls to use technology as a design tool, and to bring together what they’ve learned in math, technology, science and art classes.

The Campaign for the Future will ensure that these IFF programs, and others like them, will continue to flourish at Greenwich Academy for generations of GA girls to come.

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