Lab’s Capital Campaign has now passed the $10 Million mark on its way to the $12 Million goal. Our success so far has largely sprung from the gratitude of former families and the enthusiasm and support of our current community. Reaching success depends now on the support of the broadest parent community.
With the advent of the 2016 Academic Year, Lab entered the final year of the 2-year public phase of the Campaign. Having reached $9.3 million toward our $10 Million goal by the end of the first public year of the Campaign, Lab is now stretching to move far beyond the initial goal. Lab’s achievement in the Campaign to date rests on some notable statistics: 100% of the 2014-15 Board of Trustees committed over $2 million to start the Capital Campaign; 100% of the Campaign Executive Committee gave generously; 75% of faculty and staff contributed through a joint annual-capital fundraising program; three donors have contributed gifts at the level of $1 million each; and parents have already contributed over $2 million although Lab is only now reaching out broadly to the parent community.
Our parents Campaign Committee is working diligently to reach out to current parents inviting them to learn how they can donate. All parents will be invited to support the Campaign over the course of the 2015-16 year. Gifts and pledges must be made by July 31, 2016 and the payments may be spread out over five years.
Please join us by making a gift here.
The beginning of this 2015-16 school year also marks the beginning of the final year of Transforming Lives. Transforming Education. Lab’s Capital Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community, our gifts and pledges currently stand at $9.8 million towards the $10 million goal. After much thought and analysis, we have decided to raise the goal to $12 million.
The decision to increase the Capital Campaign goal was based on the generous response we have already received, our very real need to go beyond the original fundraising goal of $10 million and the realization that, so far, we have only been able to invite a small percentage of the Lab community to join in this transformative effort. Over the course of this final year, our Campaign Chairs and Parent Committee are reaching out broadly to connect our families with the Campaign. Katherine Schantz, head of School, recently commented, “my personal goal is to be able to sit down with as many Lab families and friends as possible, to explain the importance of this effort and to ask them to join with us in this transformation of Lab’s campus.”
The high school project date is still on track for a spring 2016 opening, and we have begun working with an architect to design plans for the renovation of the Middle School. The vision for the renovation includes adding a new top floor. The wing currently housing the theatre and the arts classroom will become a Center for the Arts. The facility will house large, open, flexibly designed art studios which will adapt to a full range of media. We plan to also expand the theater, add a new music room and a dance studio – all complementing Lab’s emphasis on music and movement as important artistic expressions.
We recently announced that Transforming Lives. Transforming Education, Lab’s Capital Campaign for $10 Million, has already reached $9.2 Million. We are grateful to three families whose gifts of $1 Million each have propelled Lab almost to the goal. They have so far been joined by more than 120 others whose gifts of $500 to $500,000 have been pledged to ensure Lab’s future transformation. As we move into the final year of Lab’s Capital Campaign, we will reach out to all of Lab’s families to invite their support. Every gift – no matter the size – is an investment in Lab’s future.
Over the next year, we will continue to work hard to push Lab’s Campaign to – and beyond – its $10 Million goal. Now that we are in sight of our original goal and have another year to go, we dare to hope that we may exceed that goal and complete the transformation of the Middle School and Arts Center in a way that lives up to the excitement and standard of the newly emerging High School.
Construction of our new High School is progressing on time and on budget. We expect to be open in late spring of 2016. Drive by the project on Whitehaven Parkway and you will be amazed at the progress during the summer. The concrete has been poured for the entire building, and exterior masonry work and interior partitioning have begun. Meanwhile, we are selecting architects for the next phase of our Reservoir campus transformation – the renovation and expansion of the Middle School, Arts Wing and Theater.
Transforming Lives. Transforming Education. The Campaign for The Lab School of Washington is moving along with great success. Many of you have already shown your support of this exciting effort. We have raised $7.2 million toward our $10 million goal for the High School and the renovation of the Middle School, Arts Wing and Theater as well as for increasing our endowment and acquiring a field for our athletic teams. To learn more about the campaign, go to www.transforminglab.org or contact Marty Cathcart at 202.944.2201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After months of utility relocation and preparation, the excavation for the new High School has begun despite the severely cold weather. Sheeting and shoring is well on its way, and Clark Construction has begun drilling piles and pouring footings for the foundation. By spring, there should be lots of activity for our students to observe, and teachers are working with Clark to develop some exciting learning opportunities. To keep up to date on construction, go to: www.labschool.org/campusbuilding.
In the early afternoon of October 7, 2014, despite some spitting rain, the whole school congregated in the upper parking lot on the Reservoir campus to celebrate the first step in what will be the “Lab School of Tomorrow” — a school that will include a new, incredibly inspired High School building with features and spaces that address the needs of kids with learning differences as well as a renovated and reimagined Middle School building, art wing, and theater.
Elementary staff and students arrived from the Foxhall campus, each head atopped with a bright yellow construction hat boasting the Capital Campaign logo. The High School band filled the air with music as everyone took their places. Speakers included Board Chair Mimi Dawson, Head of School Katherine Schantz, Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Davi Camalier and Hal Malchow, and most impressively, three students, Anika Eigen-Zuchi ’19, Sophie Sperduto ‘17, and Michael Bryant ’15. Each speaker spoke from the heart, underscoring their excitement, pride, and gratitude.
“On the first day I hated it. I didn't know anybody and I was scared,” says senior Michael Bryant, 11 years after the day he describes. After being calmed down with juice and crackers and some kind, supportive words, Michael went off to math — his most dreaded subject. “I told my teacher that I couldn’t do subtraction. She gave me three little blocks and told me to take one away.” When he answered correctly that two were left, she simply said, “There you go.” Michael added, “And at that moment I knew this was the right place for me.”
Anika Eigen-Zuchi talked about having more space and the freedom that comes with that. “At lunch when we’re at our lockers, we can barely move,” she says. But once the High School moves to the new building, “Junior High will be a well-oiled machine, running comfortably and smoothly.”
Sophie Sperduto talked about the excitement for high schoolers having a space to call their own and to give them their own identity … a place with spaces and style to match their teen sensibilities.
Then a group of students and adults, poised with shovels, dug into the dirt — each shovelful a gesture of pride and gratitude in their school as it is today, and what it will be tomorrow.
The celebration ended with a beautiful rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” from the band, featuring soloist Sayaka Yamamoto ‘18 … followed by cookies colorfully iced with a rendering of the new building.
In the evening, the event was fashioned more for parents, alumni parents of alumni, donors, staff, and faculty with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and again, wonderful music from the High School band. A last minute switch from outside to in caused not one wrinkle … the gym was filled with lights and balloons and music giving it a festive feel. Attendees enjoyed hearing from the same speakers as the day program plus a few more and a welcome visit from DC Council member Mary Cheh.
“For more than four decades, our faculty has delivered a fine education in small, retrofitted, outdated spaces. It is time to honor our faculty and students with a campus that they have earned and deserved; a campus that will open more doors of possibilities for our students — your children,” said Ms. Schantz. “We have great minds at Lab and we need a campus that can truly nurture these minds.”