Winchester Thurston School’s 2019-2020 Annual Giving Report
earning has real allure here at WT. It’s a fun, creative, immersive experience. It’s tapping into imagination, learning new ways to communicate, taking risks, and working with teachers who care for the well-being of each student. It takes the hearts and hands of many to make a WT education possible.
Each year, philanthropic support makes up 10% of our operating budget. That support, including the WT Fund, our Endowment, and the Earned Income/Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs (EITC/OSTC), is critical to our everyday Mission and magnifies each learning experience. In every building and outdoor classroom, and on every stage and athletic field, you have helped to create an environment where learning is effective and equitable, and where students, teachers, and education are highly valued.
The COVID-19 pandemic further amplifies your generosity. As we entered this pandemic, your support helped provide a positive balance in the WT Fund, allowing us to make crucial decisions from a place of strength. These resources supported our dynamic remote learning journey and reinforced our community’s commitment to equity and inclusion, financial aid, and faculty compensation, which are critical during these challenging times.
As the pandemic continues, we strive to provide consistency for families—while keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority. We’ve retrofit classrooms with technology, hired more teachers, installed medical-grade air purifiers, and so much more. We couldn’t do this without the generous support of the WT community—thank you!
All photos in this Annual Giving Report were taken prior to the pandemic.