Giving to Graded

Tracy Harrison Peixoto
Chief Development Officer

The line from Robert Burn’s poem¹ about best-laid plans going awry felt very apropos this year. So many of our plans for the 2020-21 school year had to be rethought or reimagined. But the Graded community did what it has always done best; it rallied together.  

We started the school year online, and I was impressed by the resilience and enthusiasm that our students, parents, faculty, and staff demonstrated in the face of uncertainty. At Graded, we talk a lot about community and the importance of belonging, and the way our stakeholders came together in unprecedented times is the perfect example of both.

We thought long and hard about suspending our fundraising initiatives but ultimately concluded that we had to keep going. Our largest gift of the year came from grandparents Claudio and Rosalie Haddad, who generously contributed R$7,000,000 to the new Haddad Center for Performing Arts. Other families stepped up and even organized matching gift pledges to raise the remaining funds. 

The Annual Fund was launched in February 2021, and on June 30, 2021, with donations coming in until 11:59 pm, we reached our goal of R$1,200,000. The Graded community did it again. 

In conclusion, I would also like to express our appreciation to the Parent Teacher Association, a dedicated group of parents, who not only raised more than R$200,000 to buy cestas básicas for families in need but also faced with the challenge of upholding traditions like Teacher Appreciation Week and Celebration of the World, rose to the occasion with special lembrancinhas and a virtual cookbook!

Sincerely,

Tracy Harrison Peixoto
Chief Development Officer


¹Burns, Robert, “To a Mouse” 1785 Poetry Foundation, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43816/to-a-mouse-56d222ab36e33
Accessed October 2021

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