King’s Academy, May 26, 2016 — For the first time in the history of King’s Academy, the parents of the Class of 2016 reached 100 percent participation in the Senior Parent Gift – an exciting milestone for the school community. Chaired by Bayan Malhas P’16, the Senior Parent Gift raised almost US $300,000 for financial aid through the generosity of 133 families.
This initiative, which started with the parents of the Class of 2013, supports the unprecedented financial aid program, making a King’s Academy education possible for future generations of students. Parents are then recognized on a permanent plaque on the walls of the school, as a lasting symbol of their generosity.
The Class of 2016 also achieved 100 percent contribution in their separate Senior Class Gift campaign. The common thread in both campaigns was the importance of participation – no gift is too small.
“When we say that, many people often don’t believe us! But even a small gift means you have participated,” said Development Officer Meghan Metzger. “There is never any shame in a small gift, and it makes such a big impact on the participation numbers,” she explained.
A temporary version of the 2016 Senior Parent Gift plaque was unveiled in a special ceremony immediately before the Annual Senior Dinner on May 23, with words of welcome and thanks offered by Chief Development Officer Rima Zaitoon. Parents were able to gather and enjoy finding their names on the plaque, before moving to the dinner to officially begin the commencement celebrations with their children.