The Marilyn Easton Endowment Fund
Excellent education thrives in a diverse environment, and The Meridian School has been committed to diversity for many years. We promote diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum; we strive to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive culture; and we are one of few schools that has a full time Director of Equity and Inclusion.
The Board of Trustees has made an even more powerful commitment by designating $1.5 million of accumulated reserve funds to create The Marilyn Easton Endowment to fund access and opportunity for families of color. An outstanding cohort of leadership donors has stepped forward to commit nearly $500,000 to this endowment fund.
Now is the time to reach out to the broader community for your support. Our goal is to reach $2,250,000 by the end of the school year in order to be able to offer tuition assistance to 3-5 students of color each year moving forward. We ask that every family make a one-time gift that will last in perpetuity and sustain our commitment to access and opportunity.
2016-2017 Annual Fund
Thank You for Supporting the 2016-2017 Annual Fund!
Thanks to 100% of faculty and staff, 100% of the Board of Trustees, and 86% of current families who contributed to us raising $181,110 for this year’s Annual Fund.
Gifts to the Annual Fund support:
- Small student /teacher ratios providing full-time Associates at every grade level
- Customized learning to meet different needs and aspirations of our students
- Relevant materials and up-to-date tools for enhanced learning
- Expanded student learning experiences; Equity and Inclusion, Place-Based, Service Learning and Global Studies
- Dedicated and enthusiastic staff for student support and acceleration
Full Community participation is vital to the overall health of our school – thank you for your support!
Annual Giving FAQ >
The Auction raised over $102,129 and these proceeds will provide the necessary funds to offer tuition assistance to families, professional development for teachers, and enhance students’ formative growth as stewards of their local community, engagement in learning, and academic success. Click here to visit our Meridian Auction page!
Over the past thirty-two years Meridian’s March Auction has been the venue for inviting the community to help support a “need” or “vision” which benefits the students and teachers. It is a strategically chosen priority which is not yet funded by the operating budget and where fundraising helps turn visions into reality.
This year “Fund-The-Faculty” raised $125,700 that will be expended over three years. Matching funds will increase this amount further.
We will spend these funds over three years focused on Literacy and Language Arts, Social/Emotional Learning and S.T.E.A.M. Teachers have already attended a Social Thinking conference due to our community’s generosity. We are all looking forward to integrating new ideas from the Science of Imagination conference and the Teachers College Writer’s Workshop training.
Please remember to apply for matching funds – your gift will be doubled and from some companies even tripled! We appreciate your and your employer’s generous support.