experiences with the place were not positive and rewarding. They also would likely not be back if the current school seemed wholly incongruous with the environment they treasured as children. • Almost weekly, at least one alum (and frequently several) takes advantage of some free time from high school, college, or simply being in the area to drop by campus to visit former teachers, walk the grounds, and reminisce. They pop into classrooms and offices with a warm welcome from faculty and staff. They attend iconic events like May Day, the All-School Picnic, and Founders’ Day, despite the fact that most do not even have siblings at the school, simply to relive moments that cannot be found elsewhere. • They return to share and inspire current students to live the vision of making “significant and lasting contributions to society.” Just this past month, alum Ellie Wells ’15 returned several times to coordinate with our 4th grade and to inspire our students to support a very successful book drive on behalf of a school ironically named St. Anne’s in Malawi, Africa. The effort raised 1,600 books and over $700 to start a library at this small, rural school. Still others signed up and joined staff and current parents this month for our Habitat for Humanity build sponsored by the Outreach Committee. • This spring, two high school alumni will return to speak with our 8th graders about life in high school and to offer advice and encouragement. Three other high school seniors will spend a few weeks working in our classrooms with teachers as part of a Career Intern Experience prior to entering college. One will attend an assembly to present a May Queen crown to this year’s May Queen. Several others eagerly represented their current high schools at our High School Fair on campus this fall in the hopes of attracting current St. Anne’s students to their high schools in the future.
Spring 2017 Newsletter
Published on May 8, 2017