Dear PMFS Community Member,
I’ve been asked to write this year’s letter to kick-off our Annual Giving campaign and I could not be happier to do so. I feel blessed for the opportunity to be part of the exceptional learning community at PMFS. The strengths of our school are many. One of our greatest attributes is the willingness to pitch in and help, to give what we are able to allow our school to shine.
I have seen this same spirit of giving in other parts of the world: Last May, my wife, Karen, and I were invited to a ceremony in Bududa, Uganda in which they introduced a newborn child to her community. Karen and I were fortunate to attend the celebration and to be accepted as community members. During the ceremony, baskets were placed on a table at the front of the room. People then moved to the baskets and placed gifts of money, food, or clothing to support the newborn child and family. As many people living in this region earn about one to two dollars a day, the gifts were quite humble, but as is the custom, all attendees gave something. The impressions of the ceremony and the community spirit we shared that day will never leave me.
It is now my honor to be part of a tradition of giving at PMFS. In recent years, our PMFS community has been very generous. Last year, PMFS received nearly $115,000 in gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign, setting an all-time record. This year, we hope total giving again makes us all proud and meets the real needs of our school. Equally important is our goal of 100% participation in this effort from all in our community: staff, faculty, School Committee members, families, alumni and friends of the school. A school like ours deserves to say that we have a strong culture of giving and 100% participation.
I have felt so welcomed by everyone connected to PMFS. I can’t thank you enough for this. I ask you now to “walk up to the table” and send in your Annual Giving gift, in the amount you feel most comfortable giving. Our students and our school will receive your gift and witness once again the spirit that is PMFS.
Thank you and all the best,
David Kern, Interim Head of PMFS