On Saturday, September 16, the Country School community will come together to celebrate our beautiful, transformed campus and some of the individuals who helped get us here.
The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m., as we gather to dedicate the Burt Family Green, the magnificent, new grass oval between the Farmhouse and academic buildings. After enjoying hors d'oeuvres and drinking a toast to the Burt family - to Allee, Jeff '61, Taylor '00, and Hilary '03 and their countless contributions to our community - we will move across campus to dedicate the Dining Room, renovated this summer courtesy of the class of 2017 families in honor of the faculty; the Duffy-Didiuk STEAM Lab, and the Michelle Noble '03 Memorial Garden.
Current members of the community will be joined by former trustees, alumni, former faculty members, former Heads of School, and past parents as we celebrate everyone who has played a role in our campus's transformation over the years, with a particular emphasis on the most recent changes brought about through our 60th Anniversary Shaping the Future Campaign.
Although the recent changes on campus began during our 60th anniversary year, they had their roots in conversations held many years ago, when some foresighted Country School trustees saw the possibilities in a land swap with the state. Others moved that vision forward more than a decade ago, working with Centerbrook Architects to develop a campus master plan that continues to guide our work today.
As we embarked on the plan during our 60th Anniversary year, countless individuals provided sweat and labor,. And, of course, the enormous generosity of Country School trustees, alumni, families, and friends enabled that vision to come to life. We look forward to thanking celebrating with and thanking everyone who played a role.
To R.S.V.P. for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a short preview of some of the spaces we will celebrate, here are a few photos:
Described recently by an alumnus as a "sacred space" on campus, the new green did take on some sacred overtones last week, when 4th and 5th Graders gathered there for an end-of-the-first-week-of-school yoga session.
Inside and outside shots of the renovated dining room. Also featured is the stunning outdoor patio brought to us courtesy of the Class of 2016. Together, these two classes have utterly transformed the dining experience at The Country School
The Michelle Noble '03 Memorial Garden provides a warm welcome to anyone arriving on campus via the new traffic circle near Elmore Library. From Michelle's Garden, visitors can stroll through our wonderful Children's Garden, enjoying some of the nature that makes a Country School education so unique. (Click to view more.)
A view of the soon-to-be-dedicated Burt Family Green from the far end. Note students reading in this beautiful, open space.