The decision to send my children to Germantown Academy was a no-brainier. I consider my GA education one of the greatest gifts that my parents ever gave me.
GA not only prepared me for the rigors of college academics, but also shaped who I am as a person. The interpersonal and communication skills, particularly in writing, have served me throughout my academic and professional career. GA also taught me the importance and rewards of being an involved member of your community.
At the heart of it, my husband Marc and I made the commitment to GA to give our children not only the greatest chance to succeed in life, but also, in my opinion, the greatest, most interesting, most well rounded, journey to graduation.
The question of why we make a financial commitment beyond tuition is a little different.
For us, support of the Annual Fund boils down to two things:
It is an acknowledgment of our support of and gratitude to the teachers. Teachers who could probably make more at a public school and would undoubtedly be working towards the security of tenure; teachers who do not forget their students; and students who do not forget their teachers even long after they have graduated. The impact that Germantown Academy faculty has on its students is long-lasting.
Nearly 26% of GA students receive some financial assistance. It is our hope, that our gift, no matter what size, will enable another family to give their children the gift of education that we are all giving to ours.