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You are an intrinsic part of Pike today, but you are also an indelible part of our future. If you join our campaign, you will be recognized as a visionary partner who catapulted The Pike School to national prominence. It is imperative that we do all we can to be sure Pike remains an exceptional school with all the resources to achieve its goals.
An energetic Pike crowd gathered at the Stevens Estate to celebrate a new year of philanthropyand its impact on the school at the Annual Kickoff. There was quite a buzz, as this year’s event ushered in a new chapter of Pike philanthropy -- the launch ofOur Shared Tomorrow: The Campaign For Pike. The campaign, a $7.55 million initiative, focuses on the people at the heart of Pike: teachers and students.
After guests had a chance to catch up with friends old and new, enjoy an open bar and tasty treats, and listen to the sound of a Latin jazz trio, they gathered to watch a campaign video that highlighted what everyone there already knew: that it’s the students and teachers who make Pike exceptional and that the school needs to ensure they have the resources necessary to meet their potential every day.
Head of School John “Muddy” Waters elicited applause from the crowd when he announced that, due to the generosity of the board of trustees, early investors, and strong results in the Annual Fund, Pike has secured over the last two years $5.1 million of the $7.55 million goal. “We are so fortunate for this strong showing of support from our community,” Waters noted. “We have a long way to go, of course, but I’m confident that we can do it, and I know we will be an even better place because we do. It will require everyone, however, to make it happen.”
Vice-Chair of the Board Meerie Joung (parent of an alumna and a current 6th grader) and Chair of the Board Firdaus Bhathena (parent of two alumni and a current 8th-grader), spoke powerfully about the impact the campaign will have on the Pike family and the growth of teachers and students. As Joung pointed out, “If we want our students to experience innovative learning, we need to invest in innovative teaching. Our teachers and the culture at Pike are all about a growth mindset. We need to feed that.”
Karen Flanagan, parent of a current 7th Grader, followed with a moving personal account of the ways that the school had become a home for her son and her family. “We found teachers who really got who Patrick was, what his strengths were, and how they could bring out the best in him. His peers at Pike have also left an indelible mark on his growth. We’re so pleased to have him in an environment like Pike, and that’s why my husband Sean and I chose to make a multi-year commitment in support of Our Shared Tomorrow.”[post_title] => Campaign Launch at Stevens Estate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => campaign-launch-at-stevens-estate [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-14 19:23:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-14 19:23:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://dev.wpdev.com.au/pike/?p=58 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 416 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-01-11 17:35:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-11 17:35:24 [post_content] => In a flurry of end-of-year activity, Pike’s Our Shared Tomorrow campaign, pushed into new territory: over $6.2 million—or 76%—of the $7.55 million goal raised to date. “It’s a tremendous testament to the community’s strength and commitment,” explains Head of School John “Muddy” Waters. “I continue to be gratified and grateful for the conversations I am having with community members, their enthusiasm for how this campaign will make Pike even stronger.” The initial gift challenge, offered by an anonymous past-parent family, kicked off on December 1 with a commitment of $100,000 to be match dollar-for-dollar incoming gifts—if the school could raise an additional $100,000. “The generosity and flexibility of this family was phenomenal,” notes Annual Fund Director Pati Fernández. “They really wanted to supercharge the rest of the community, get them excited and engaged by the possibilities.” The family’s desires were soon realized. As gifts approached the $100,000 goal and it became clear that the community would even exceed it, two additional families stepped up to offer another combined $50,000 challenge grant. “It was incredible,” says Director of Advancement Rod Boyer. “This was just a stellar example of the enthusiasm and the concern for the school by these lead donors. And their desire to engage others in the community in this shared effort is so appreciated.” By the time the dust settled on December 31, Pike had met both challenges, raising a total, with the matching grants included, of well over $300,000 for the campaign, which includes the Annual Fund as a key priority. “We’re really pleased and grateful,” add Waters. “This kind of support—from those who offered the challenges and those who made the time and commitment to help us meet it— shows what is possible when we focus on our students and our teachers. [post_title] => Successful Campaign Challenge Propels Progress [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => successful-campaign-challenge-propels-progress [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-11 17:55:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-11 17:55:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://oursharedtomorrow.pikeschool.org/?p=416 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
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