About Our Campaign
It is hard to believe that 16 years ago the North Branch School opened the doors of a rented “school house” to 10 trailblazing students and their parents, all of whom took a leap of faith and joined a visionary head teacher in the creation of what was, only a year before, an idea being shared around a kitchen table.
Our next few years saw the gift of land from a neighbor, school taught in a singed wedding tent pitched in a construction site, the Saborin farmhouse frame-raising, the addition of the “Math/Science Wing” moving Eric and Rose from the hallways….a bit of our history.
Many generous and trusting souls have been vital to what has been created within these walls.
Now we, as other 16 year-olds are wont to do, have been thinking long and hard about our future. Our fondest wish has been to conjure a way to provide benefits to our extraordinary and dedicated teachers and staff.
David Minnix, a former student of Tal’s from Atlanta and staunch supporter of our school has expressed his intention to give a gift to us over time. After multiple conversations, with the long-term health of NBS at the forefront, he agreed to use his extraordinarily generous offer of $20,000 a year over three years as an incentive match for a fundraising campaign.
David’s 3 year pledge totaling $60,000 will be matched by an anonymous donor on the condition that the North Branch School community raise an equal amount over these 3 years. This combined $180,000 will retire our mortgage in March of 2019, “free up” $24,000 each year going forward and allow us to make Our Wish of teacher benefits as well as an “aging schoolhouse maintenance fund” a reality.
There have been more than 100 families whose children have come through these doors. We have challenged these families to collectively raise $30,000, half of our community’s 3 year $60,000 goal. We, members of the Board of this little school have committed to raise the balance from our friends and community members. We are proud of what we all have created here and ask that you make a pledge and join us in raising the remaining $30,000 over this 3 year campaign. We then will have successfully triggered the overwhelmingly generous 2 for 1 match and raised $180,000; an expression of our sincere gratitude for NBS, our teachers, these donors and each other, now and into the future.
With love and gratitude,
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In November, just after the presidential Election, swastikas were graffitied onto the doors of Havurah House in Middlebury. The NBS students decided to send a message of solidarity to Havurah. Each student drew mandala designs on equilateral triangles, arranged them into a large Star of David and added text representing the ideals and values for which we all stand. The 24" square framed work was presented to Havurah House in March.