Dear Quest Families,
Last month, the Quest Board of Directors presented their annual State of the School report. A significant portion of the presentation was a review of the Quest Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2020. It was exciting to see that over the last four years, Quest has met or surpassed the vast majority of the objectives set forth in that plan. Equally exciting is that these goals have been achieved through our community’s commitment to the Quest Annual Fund.
If you are not familiar, the Annual Fund is a year-long campaign that supports long-term planning and is considered to be critical to the health and vitality of our programs. The Annual Fund is the sole fundraising activity at Quest and has been designed for total flexibility in giving. Because is runs for the year, donations can be made at anytime, can be designated for specific initiatives, and given in the manner works best for the donor, including installments.
Over the last four years our small community has given over $200,000 to Quest, and every single penny has been allocated toward items identified within the Strategic Plan aimed at improving our program, campus, and staff, for our current and prospective students. The Quest Annual Fund has financed countless things, small and large, including the following:
- Campus fencing, gates & signage
- 14 passenger Minibus used for field trips & after school off-site activities
- Early Childhood playground play structures & fencing
- Construction of our Middle School and Enrichment room
- Middle School student Chromebooks
- Redesign of the QuestSchool.org website
- Establishment of the Parent Education series: speaker fees & filming
- Classroom materials at every level
- Montessori teacher trainings and Professional Development at every level, including administration
- Dual Accreditation from AISNE & AMS, a three year process
Last year we received contributions from 63% of our families (51 of 80). This year we elected not to bombard the community with reminders of the Fund, and we are only at 24% of our 76 families. I know we can get closer to 100% by June 30, when our campaign ends.
Quest cannot sustain on tuition and fees alone, and cannot pursue outside grants and funding without a community that illustrates a commitment as well. Help our school to achieve the priorities we identified back in September. Please, Join Our Quest.
~ Kathy Bowen, Head of School