September 22, 2018

Mini Musings - Expressions of Gratitude

This morning, as we walked through the front door of our school, we immediately noticed the smell of fresh apples. A generous member of our community left several boxes of apples in the foyer to share with all our families. This act exemplifies what is special about this place. We’re a community of people who give freely.

When the McGillis School was still a dream in the minds of our Founders, giving was already deeply rooted in the origins of our remarkable school. In Hebrew the root word for the verb “to give” is natan. Scholars point out that the word “natan” in both English and Hebrew reads the same way going in either direction, symbolizing that giving benefits both the recipient and the giver.

From the very day McGillis opened its doors, our community gave above and beyond tuition to sustain the campus, faculty, and programs from which our students continue to benefit today.

While giving to the School is necessary to ensure our unique educational experience is a reality each year, it also serves as an expression of our collective gratitude to those who came before us, midor lador, from generation to generation. We all benefit from the legacy that began nearly thirty years ago, and it is our responsibility to continue that philanthropic culture proudly for many generations to come.

During this season of reflection, gratitude and festivity, we invite you to celebrate our school’s legacy of philanthropy. It is thanks to the generous support of our parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends that we are able to fulfill our mission of educating children and instilling in our students a love of learning and the abilities to think critically, live ethically, and appreciate the value of each individual each and every day. 

Thank you for your past and future support of our school. Your commitment to giving makes us stronger every day.

Liz Paige, Director of Ethics and Cultures

Jen Voros, Director of Institutional Advancement