The Class of 2021 Fund for Faculty Housing
Originating with the Class of 1990, the Senior Fund has become a GA tradition. Parents of seniors contribute an increased gift to this fund, which is established in each class’ name in its senior year. The Senior Fund takes the place of the Annual Fund for parents of seniors and counts toward class participation numbers in all classes in which senior families have daughters.
“We are all in this together, GA!”
“We are all in this together, GA!” was proclaimed this year’s student body motto by School President Elysée Barakett, and the phrase embodies the remarkable resiliency and can-do spirit of the Class of 2021. True to form, this class of phenomenal young women is leading the way for GA girls to find the courage to challenge themselves, try new things, and dream big. Fostering it all is our devoted faculty, which makes this year’s Senior Fund—which will support the school’s faculty housing initiatives—a fitting choice.
As highlighted in GA’s strategic plan, providing teachers with affordable housing options in close proximity to the school is essential to building a great faculty. Offering faculty housing is vital to the school’s efforts to attract, recruit, and retain extraordinary teachers. In addition, living near campus, faculty members are able to more fully engage in the lives of their students – to serve as coaches, mentors, and advisors for activities and clubs that fall outside of regular school hours.
"Having the opportunity to live in GA housing has changed my sense of my role in our community, from feeling like a commuter to feeling like a member."
Although past Senior Fund efforts have bolstered GA’s housing offerings so that today the school is able to house 39% of faculty members, there remains a waitlist for housing and we are aiming to house over 50% of our faculty to better align with our peer schools. To keep moving GA forward, the Class of 2021 Fund for Faculty Housing will focus on funding greatly needed purchases and renovations to current housing units, while creating a reserve fund for future housing opportunities.
"I am so grateful not only for the opportunity to work in an amazing community, but also to live among the community, which allows more time to pour into the students, as they are the heart and soul of Greenwich Academy."
Our class has shown tremendous generosity toward GA over the years. In this unprecedented year, and as we look to achieve the Leading the Way campaign goal, we are hopeful families will make stretch gifts, two to three times—and in lieu of—their typical Annual Fund gift, to benefit the Class of 2021 Fund for Faculty Housing, a critical part of the campaign. Our daughters have benefited from those who have so kindly given before, and now we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on future generations. Above all, we are grateful for your support as we aim for 100% parent participation.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to Greenwich Academy, for your thoughtfulness in reflecting upon GA’s influence in shaping the young woman your daughter is today and for your commitment to both the Class of 2021 Fund for Faculty Housing and the Leading the Way Campaign.
For more information or to make a gift, contact Carolyn Russell, Director of the Annual Fund, at 203.625-8933.