“I believe a school should be fun and rigorous in equal measure. Too rigorous and it won’t be fun. Too fun and you’ll never learn to spell rigorous.”
“I believe I have the confidence to stretch myself and not settle for what feels okay, but to question and seek different answers.”
“I believe an education at ACS is like a best friend. It walks with you, hand in hand, as the lessons of life unfold. It teaches you the art of thinking and discovery. It empowers you to be true to yourself, and it lasts a lifetime.”
“I believe that if I reach a high level of self-knowledge and inner peace, I can help to make the world just a little bit better.”
“I believe in learning through experience. I believe in exploration. I believe in science and art. In music. Outdoor education. Indoor education. Creativity. Adventure. Family. Beauty. Messiness. Curiosity. I believe in learning, always.”
Let’s start with some definitions. An annual fund is money for the school’s current year operating expenses. Annual gifts make up the difference between what tax dollars cover and the actual cost of running the school. It is like a checking account that helps the school accomplish its daily work. Capital giving, on the other hand, buys brick and mortar building projects — new facilities and major renovations — and sometimes endowment as well. In our case, it’s especially important because as a charter school ACS cannot seek bond funding like other public schools. Because capital project gifts are often larger, you have the option of paying your pledge over two to three years.
The school asks for an annual gift even while you’re making a capital campaign donation for the same reason you have to pay your mortgage while you’re putting an addition on your house. The school must continue to meet its operating costs even as it’s making major improvements.
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