Newtown Friends School (NFS) is well known for its rigorous academics, Quaker values, independent thinking, cutting edge technology, and community service. Its graduates go to some of the most selective secondary schools in the country and graduate from some of the most demanding colleges and universities.
A generous donor has recognized this in a very practical way. In appreciation for what the K-8 Quaker school of 250 students has meant to their children and thousands of others over the years, an anonymous gift of $100,000 has been received from the parents of graduates of the school.
Head of School, Dana Harrison, said, “This is fantastic! Elementary schools sometimes receive gifts this large for special campaigns for endowment or capital expansion, but this $100,000 is to supplement our operations and enhance our current programs. We’re thrilled!”
When asked about the donors, Harrison said, “These are parents who believe that early education is critical for success later in life. Their children have been highly successful in college, graduate school and the ‘real world.’ They said their children’s experience at Newtown Friends School was instrumental in giving them the confidence, the critical thinking skills, and the tools they needed later in life. They said they wanted to say ‘Thank you.’”
Clerk (Chair) of the governing board, the NFS School Committee, Linda Heinemann of Newtown, added, “This is a wonderful tribute to the outstanding faculty and program we have at NFS. The school is already talking about ways we can best utilize this gift to make our outstanding programs even better.”
Harrison said he’s not surprised by the success of NFS graduates.
“We try to teach lessons, practices, habits and values for life-long education,” he said.
PHOTO CAP: Clerk of the governing board, NFS School Committee, Linda Heinemann (left) and NFS Head of School, Dana Harrison