Your abundant generosity has allowed the School to reach the $5.5 million goal of the Charging Ahead Capital Campaign. Your leadership in this campaign has impacted every student at Mount Vernon.

A special thank you goes to Margot and Robert Shuford as well as Amber and Jeff Mette, Co-Chairs of Charging Ahead, and to their team of ambassadors. This is one of the hardest working groups around. In addition, families, foundations, and friends of the School have been doing heavy lifting over the last two years. For those supporting this endeavor, we are forever grateful for your commitment to these projects and continued dedication to the School. Charging Ahead Capital Campaign Donors.

Demonstrating the connection between your generosity and the impact on Mount Vernon students and teachers, the Charging Ahead Campaign has afforded the School the opportunity to complete the MAC (Mustang Athletic Center), make turf field improvements, install a practice track and stadium seating; transform the former weight room into a Black Box Theater; and reinvest in the Founders Campus. While the first two projects are complete, the “Innovation not a Renovation” efforts on the Founders Campus will take several summers to execute. In August 2013, ELC and Preschool students began to create and build in their new outdoor play space called (i)Explore. Also, the kindergarten learning community comprised of renovated classrooms, learning commons, and a teacher collaborative space was open for business in the Activities Building.

What is the next priority of reinvestment on the Founders Campus? In the current issue of the Mount Vernon Magazine, recently mailed to families and shared online, I go into detail about the next steps of the reinvestment in a Q & A article. Check it out HERE. As one can imagine, the Founders Campus projects can only occur during the summer months, which requires us to evaluate what spaces are available to renovate and what can be accomplished each summer before students and teachers return. The next priority of reinvestment will focus on the Education Building. Ready for the 2014-2015 school year, students in grades 1-4 will not recognize their current learning environment. Modern, flexible classroom furniture with leading technology tools will generate a creative, collaborative, and engaging learning experience. New flooring, paint, and doors will update each classroom, hallway, and restroom in the Education Building. These strides will provide the most immediate impact. As a reminder, the remaining projects in the Activities Building include the upper level Global Learning Center and i.Design Lab and lower level learning community spaces.

You are building something exceptional here.

It is purposeful, intentional, and directional.

On behalf of our students, THANK YOU!

Sincerely,
Dr. Brett Jacobsen
Head of School

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