St. Anne’s Episcopal School announced that nearly $1.9 million was raised in support of a $2.3 million Open Hearts, Open Minds capital campaign, the first since the school opened its doors in 2002.

At the Founders’ Circle Party celebrating donors and volunteers held Feb. 23, Head of School Peter Thayer formally announced the campaign, which will be used to upgrade the St. Anne’s campus for the future, support and retain world class educators and expand the school’s financial aid program by adding $1 million to the endowment. Less than 18 percent of the campaign remains to be raised.

Thayer explained some of the changes that have already begun at St. Anne’s as a result of this campaign, including the introduction of the Singapore Math program, the Superkids Early Literacy Program, the creation of an Innovation Lab, the expansion of after school programs and investment in faculty professional development. New construction of a middle school music room will provide better acoustics and easy access to instruction with multiple instruments, rehearsal and recording in the school’s instrumental program.

Foundations and donors that are supporting the capital campaign include The Longwood Foundation, The Chichester duPont Foundation, The Crestlea Foundation, the Crystal Trust, The Welfare Foundation and current and former faculty, staff, parents and grandparents at the school. The St. Anne’s board of trustees and Capital Campaign Committee have contributed $800,000 to the campaign.

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