We claimed victory in February, but Brooks School finally celebrated winning our fundraising challenge against The Governor's Academy on Thursday — by raising Brooks' flag high above our rival's campus for the whole day.
"It's exciting to see our flag flying at Governor's because it signals that our community rose to the Giving Day challenge," said Head of School John Packard P'18, P'21, referencing the February 13 interscholastic competition to secure the largest number of alumni gifts in one day. Brooks pulled in 724, compared to Gov's 688.
"To me, though, it is much less about winning the challenge," he continued, "and much more about what the support means for Brooks."
The gifts totaled an impressive $193,580 for The Brooks Fund, which accounts for about 10 percent of the school's operating budget and funds every element of life on campus from classroom supplies to athletic equipment.
Visit the Giving Day page to learn more about the contest and why it matters so much to Brooks School.
"I'm excited about the impact [this will make] on the school," said Packard.
The win was also noteworthy because this year — the final of three years of competition between the schools — Brooks broke the tie.
In 2017, Brooks also won, with 678 gifts (bringing in $161,522 to the Brooks Fund), but in 2016, The Governor's Academy bested Brooks' 487 gifts (totaling $68,464) to earn the competition's first triumph.
And even though it was Brooks' flag flapping 11 miles east of home in Byfield, Mass. on May 3, our rivals share in the success — of the contest as a whole.
"The competition has clearly served both schools well," said Packard. "We need participation and annual support, and I'm glad the competition helped move both schools forward."
We're so honored that our community donated generously to the Brooks Fund to help us win! We still need more to reach our fiscal-year goal, though. Will you help? Click HERE to make your gift before June 30. Thank you!
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