Welcome to my blog, a way to present ideas, reflections, and observations with the school community and beyond. I blog on a regular basis, commenting on a thought-provoking experience, a significant development in education, and news of student and teacher work here at Catlin Gabel. My goal is to make you think, provoke a reaction, elicit diverse points of view, and affirm your faith in our school's mission. I hope you'll share with me and other readers any reactions you may have to my posts.
On Saturday I joined over 300 parents, colleagues, and friends of Catlin Gabel at our annual auction, held this year at the Portland Art Museum. It was a festive gathering, focused on fundraising for the school’s financial aid program, which currently supports 27% of the student body and accounts for $3.5 million or 19% of our total budget. While the final figures are not yet in, the event generated impressive support for this vital mission priority.
A highlight of the evening was remarks by one of our students, a talented junior whose Catlin Gabel experience has been made possible by financial aid. This remarkable young woman recently received a President's Volunteer Service Award, presented on behalf of President Obama. This award recognizes Americans who have volunteered a significant amount of time to serve their communities and country. In sharing her personal story of achievement, she inspired those in attendance and brought to life the importance of funding access …
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