$2 Million Anonymous Matching Gift Announced

November 17, 2017, Staunton, Virginia. On Friday, November 10, while Staunton hosted its annual “Sparkles and Sweets” celebration, Stuart Hall School announced an anonymous $2 million gift to the school. The gift was given to encourage matching contributions to capital projects related to the school’s strategic vision, Staunton is our Campus. The first capital project will add a 15,000-square-foot Lower School facility to the existing Staunton campus by the fall of 2019, enabling the school to bring all students, PreK-12, together. In the second phase of capital expansion, the historic building at 107 West Beverley recently purchased by the school will be renovated to house 9th-12th grade classes and to foster meaningful interaction with the Staunton community. Donations toward these projects are part of the school’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign in two decades. “Forward Ever: The Campaign for Stuart Hall” publicly launched on November 10, and includes gifts to the school’s endowment, capital gifts, bequest expectancies, and annual fund gifts. With more than $16 million contributed in the quiet phase of the campaign, the school has already raised more than 60 percent of the overall goal of $27.175 million.

“We are proud of what we have achieved thus far and are grateful for the generosity of all those who are helping make our strategic vision a reality,” says Mark Eastham, Head of School. “We are in a period of growth and look forward to the momentum a gift like this gives us at this pivotal time. Most importantly, we are grateful for the impact this will have on our program, as we strive to provide the best education possible for all of our students.”

Stuart Hall’s vision is centered around a project-based, community-oriented academic program known as Authentic Learning. An inquiry-based approach to education, Authentic Learning asks students to apply content gained in class to address real-world problems. Working together, students take ownership of their learning and develop skills that reach beyond the classroom. All capital projects as part of “Forward Ever” support the realization of this Authentic Learning curriculum, with the City of Staunton and its various organizations as partners.

“Last Friday evening was a resounding success,” says Eastham. “We deliberately chose an evening of celebration and festivity in downtown Staunton, ‘Sparkles and Sweets,’ to launch our campaign. As we strive to make Staunton our campus, we will continue to look for opportunities to engage with the community in meaningful ways.”


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