Now is the time. After many months, our plans to add the missing pieces and complete the Shorecrest campus are available to all members of the community. The Board, the Transform Leadership Committee, and staff members have worked in a silent phase to raise significant capital, garnering the Board’s support to break ground in May. Now is the time for the full community to join in the transformation of our campus and the development of new programs that will support our efforts in being one of the premier schools in Florida. We have heard some wonderful ideas during the planning and silent phases of the campaign, but none rings more true than the words Cory Gaffney, Class of ‘95, parent, and Board member shared a few months ago: “Shorecrest cannot do this project, but the Shorecrest Community can.”
Cory and his wife, Tara (Class of ‘96), like other members of the community, appreciate that families before them made contributions to provide the Lower School, The Raymund Arts and Media Center, The Sher-Razook Center, Landy Hall, and the Athletic Center. All of the contemporary facilities on our campus exist because of the generosity and hard work of Shorecrest families. The combination of gifts, large and small, from all constituencies have combined to make our campus beautiful and well suited for the high-quality college preparatory education that we provide.
Thus far, Shorecrest has not been one of the deserving schools that has been gifted a sum that pays for an entire plan. Therefore, our tradition has been to rely on the community to come together to support current and future generations. Generosity, not large tuition increases. Generosity, not hidden fees. Generosity, not government grants. Generosity will make the plans for Transform become a reality.
The strengthening our community is one of our key strategic imperatives and a focus of the Transform facilities and outdoor spaces. Years from now our community will look back and ask, “Why didn’t we do this a long time ago?” Now is the time to provide a place for students of all ages, teachers of all grade levels, and families of all students to come together and share meals. Now is the time for our youngest children to have the same quality facilities as our older students. Now is the time for our children to have playspaces they can use soon after a rain shower without jumping over puddles and mud pits. Now is the time for our students to have spaces for innovation classes, robotics study, and small group research areas. Now is the time.
The Transform Website has videos and information available to all community members and prospective community members.
The campus-wide excitement for these developments is palpable. We are doing something special for our children and the community, and we want all families and alumni to join together and exceed all of our goals.
Now is the time to call our Director of Advancement, Michael Gillis, to learn about Transform and how you can help.
Now is the time to speak to one of our Board members about how you can support this effort.
And of course, now is the time to feel free to contact me to share your ideas and to join in with the other community members that are committed to school improvement, quality education, and the Transformation of our school.
Now is the time.