First IB World School
New Year to you and your family! I hope the holiday season was
filled with love and laughter, and that you are finding yourself off to a
successful start in 2017.
We are so thankful for the generous gifts we received from
our alumni at the end of December. Your generosity helps to start
2017 off on the right foot. As is common with this time of year, we
are looking for ways to better ourselves. Whether that is physical,
mental, intellectual or emotional, we are looking for ways to have new
perspective. I like to call it "finding your adventure,"
because for me, the word adventure implies a sense of fun. I
believe 2017 will be a year of bringing adventure to our alumni
community, too. Specifically, I've received several inquiries from
alumni for networking introductions. It is wonderful to see this
momentum build as more and more alumni are receptive to opening their
doors to new and beneficial relationships.
I can't thank you enough for making my job truly rewarding
and fulfilling. Entertain the adventure of 2017 and open your doors
-- you will find that there are many values to being Harrisburg Academy
alumni! All the best in 2017.
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Central Penn Parent Magazine
Family Favorites Awards 2017: Vote Through Jan. 31!
Voting for the 2017 Family Favorites
Awards is open, and we need
your vote! This is an incredibly competitive program,
and every vote counts. Be sure to vote for Harrisburg Academy
in the following five categories (we have won first place in these
categories over the past few years).
- Places to Learn - Best
- Best Preschool
- Best Drama/Theater Class
- Best Music Lessons
- Best Summer Camp
votes are due by Jan. 31, 2017. Please note, there is
only one round of voting for this competition and in order for your
ballot to be counted, you must vote in at least 20 categories. Only
one ballot will be counted per email address. This year, each valid
ballot entry will be entered in a drawing for a four-pack of tickets to
HersheyPark, courtesy of Central Penn Parent magazine. Please visit Central Penn Parent
magazine to vote!
Alumni Becoming Leaders In Our
Since we launched The John Harris Circle in 2011, over $1.5
million has been contributed to the Academy Fund. This collective
generosity supports our students, faculty, and academic programs
annually. We continue to believe John Harris Circle members are our
best advocates to sustain our growth and ensure our strong future.
This month we are fortunate to welcome three new alumni members into our
leadership society: Albert
Farr '05, Matthew
Farrell '04, and Charles
Newcomb '98. Thank you!
If you are interested in becoming a leader within our
community, please reach out to Michael LaRue.
Building Our "Academy
when speaking with the father of a prospective student, I mentioned that
you -- our alumni -- actively support fellow alumni and current
students. He was surprised to hear that you provide
career planning advice to younger fellow Academy alumni, lead
"Lunch 'n' Learn" sessions with current students, and give to
the school's Academy Fund.
Although our alumni program is young and we are not yet an
"Academy nation," the slow and continuously expanding presence
of alumni support within the Academy community has become increasingly
significant. Michael LaRue's recent blog about the power of alumni connections illustrates this very
point. More importantly, you have told us that you recognize the
value of your Academy experience and want to support fellow alumni and
current students in a variety of ways.
Given the ambitious nature of our teachers and their desire
to create the best educational experiences for their students, future
need for increased support from you is certain. While we try to
minimize annual tuition increases, we are vigilant about monitoring our
expenses and finding additional ways to support our academic and
co-curricular programs. The reality is that we, similar to other
independent schools, will rely on you (as well as local and regional
foundations) to help support these additional costs.
Thank you for your generous support to this year's Academy
Fund. Our results exceed last year's by a wide margin. As of
the end of December, alumni pledges and contributions account for 77
percent of the June 30, 2017 goal. By June 30, we need 70 more
gifts that total $13,000 collectively. Your participation matters,
regardless of the size of your gift -- and you may designate your gift
however you wish.
Our students are our purpose, and you are our
partners. Your time and financial support are tremendously valuable
today. They are the foundation for increased amounts we will need
in the future.
It was a proud moment when the prospective parent realized
the value of your support. The role you play today in the life of
Harrisburg Academy is critical -- we cannot thank you enough!
Continuing to build our "Academy nation" is equally important
for the future. Participate now. The foundation we are
building together today will lead to impressive results years from now.
HAppenings: The Official
Blog of Harrisburg Academy
CONTINUED VALUE THROUGH HARRISBURG ACADEMY'S ALUMNI NETWORK
by Michael LaRue '02, Assistant Director of Alumni
Recently, I was on a trip to Washington, D.C., with a packed
schedule in front of me and short windows of time in which to get from
point a to point b between meetings. I made the most of a cold day,
feverishly walking past the U.S. Capitol building to my lunch
appointment. Read more...
HAppenings: The Official
Blog of Harrisburg Academy
REFLECTIONS ON AN ACADEMY TRADITION: "HOW THE GRINCH
As far back as I can remember, the Academy's senior-class
production of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has been a
signal for the start of Winter Break. Though I can't really remember,
I can only imagine that I was terrified (and then amused) by the seniors
looking and acting crazy. It has been a tradition that I look
forward to every year. Read more...
We support the Academy Fund because we are grateful to our
Academy for providing an abundance of opportunity that shaped our lives
and helped to develop our character. It gives us a great amount of
pride to see the same drive and passion that we received years ago,
alive, making a great impact on all the students here at our school
today. Our alumni network is our most valuable asset. Join us
in supporting the Academy, just as the faculty and staff supported us in
pursuing our dreams and goals. Give now...