As we all arrive on campus each day, one cannot help but be struck by the beauty of our setting. Nestled between two sets of mountains, on grounds full of palm trees and greenery that defy the desert around us, there can be no doubt that we have one of the more beautiful independent school campuses in the nation. Amidst the ubiquitous palms and green spaces, however, are the man-made structures that also add to the splendor and utility of our school environment.
Through the generosity of numerous donors throughout our school's sixty-five years of combined existence, our classrooms, playing fields, and other related facilities keep the Palm Valley campus fully equipped to educate and prepare our students for their future. Without such donors' assistance, this place we call our school home would not be possible. While large donors and volunteers play an important and highly visible role in the life of our school, no less important are the yearly donations to the Annual Fund. Designed to assist in supporting our students, faculty, and programs in their growth and enrichment beyond what tuition provides, to meet our budgeted goals, as well as help to pay for everyday operating costs like electricity, campus maintenance, and even soap in the restrooms.
Though every independent school professes the same need for Annual Fund dollars, at Palm Valley School we prize the largest possible amount of participation as well. Whether Board member or parent; faculty member or alum, our goal is to involve as many people in our community as possible in making a financial contribution to the Annual Fund. Armed with high percentages of participation in all of these categories, we are in a much stronger position to solicit additional funds and grants from foundations and other organizations poised to assist schools like Palm Valley. As you look to make your donations to charitable organizations this year, please look closer to home and help us to continue to offer the best educational experience in the Coachella Valley and in the region.
On behalf of the Palm Valley community, I want to thank you for your participation in this year's Annual Fund. Your gift is important to us, it's tax deductible, and says a great deal about your desire for the school to become even stronger in the years ahead.
Susan Rice, Head of School
Friends of Palm Valley ($1+): Recognition in the newsletter
Marywood-Palm Valley Society ($100+): Recognition in the newsletter
Red and Black Club ($1000-2499): Recognized in newsletter and on social media
Phoenix Club ($2500-4999): Recognized in newsletter, on social media, and included on donor wall plaque
Leadership Circle ($5000-9999): Recognized in newsletter, on social media, included on donor wall plaque, and invited to the Major Donor Reception Event
Head's Circle ($10,000-24,999): Recognized in newsletter, on social media, included on donor wall plaque, invitation to the Major Donor Reception Event, name on Cornerstone Plaque
Firebird Founder's Circle ($25,000+): Recognized in newsletter, on social media, included on donor wall plaque, invitation to the Major Donor Reception Event, name on Cornerstone Plaque, and naming rights to areas of campus