Gloucester, VA (PRWEB) November 01, 2013
Ware Academy is going all in for its annual fund drive this year.
The yearly fundraising efforts by Gloucester’s only independent day school, in support of the Ware Academy Fund, kicked off this month with a goal to get 100 percent of its parents involved.
“Just looking at what we accomplished last year and I know we can do it,” said Glen Taylor, Ware Academy’s Director of Development. “The percentage of parents participating in the Ware Academy Fund jumped from 38 percent in 2011-2012 to 71 percent in 2012-2013.”
Alumni and friends in the community increased their giving by nearly $14,000 and the Board of Trustees and faculty and staff continued to support the fund at the 100 percent level.
“People in the tri-counties area continue to realize the importance and the need of Ware Academy in our community,” Taylor said. “The momentum in developing a philanthropic legacy here at Ware Academy is building.”
And, Taylor said, he’s convinced the current families at Ware Academy and the community will continue to push that mission further this year.
“The price of tuition is not what it costs to educate our students,” said Ginger James, Ware Academy’s Director of Admissions and Special Events. “In many ways, a donation to the Ware Academy Fund is the tax deductible portion of tuition. You give to the Ware Academy Fund knowing you are both contributing to a child’s educational experience and receiving the benefit of a tax break.”
Taylor said he most commonly helps the community understand what programs the Ware Academy Fund supports.
“It allows Ware Academy to offer and continue to create a robust arts program - specifically, art, music, violin, hand bells and dance classes,” Taylor said. “Our athletics and physical education programs also benefit, offering every student the opportunity to play sports.”
Other beneficiaries of the Ware Academy Fund include the technology program and the ability for students to go on field and immersion trips and conduct scientific research.
“While so many school systems continue to cut and limit their students’ ability to learn outside the classroom, Ware Academy is looking to find more ways to extend the learning environment,” Taylor said.
Ware Academy also raises funds through signature events like the annual auction. The 2013 auction – “Wild About Ware” – will be held on campus Nov. 16 and will feature live music from Slapnation and unique items for bidding. Tickets are available through James at gjames(at)wareacademy(dot)org.
Donate online to the Ware Academy Fund.
ABOUT WARE ACADEMY:
Located one mile from Main Street in Gloucester’s historic Courthouse district on a 19-acre campus, Ware Academy is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through eighth grade. Ware Academy empowers each student to achieve academic excellence, emphasizing the development of mind, body and character. The primary objectives are to educate the whole child to his fullest potential and for students to acquire a respect and a desire for learning in order to develop into independent, life long learners in preparation for productive and fulfilled lives.
Founded in 1949, Ware Academy is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-sectarian school promoting ethnic and racial diversity. Ware Academy selects students on the basis of academic potential and developmental readiness without regard to race, color, creed, or ethnic origin.
Ware Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Education Records Bureau and the Secondary School Admissions Test Board. Ware Academy is also a member of the National Middle School Association, the National Junior Honor Society and the Association of Supervision in Curriculum Development.
Keep in touch with Ware Academy online at http://www.wareacademy.org, on Facebook at /WareAcademy and on Twitter @WareAcademy1.