Last year, we told you that the Class of 2013 and their parents had supported some special changes to Cushing’s campus, namely a new private dining space in the Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons and an outside patio space near the Joseph C. Treadwell Student Center. We’re happy to announce that those projects are now complete, and the Cushing community is enjoying the new spaces that were made possible through the generosity of our students and families. We hope you’ll take a moment to see these lovely new spaces the next time you’re on campus.
In the fall of 2013, an anonymous donor made a gift which enabled the Academy to make some improvements to its campus. Part of School Street, located behind the Main Building, was closed and turned into a lovely green space. Traffic on campus is now directed up the Academy Street hill to turn right at Lowe Hall. Parking is no longer permitted along School Street in front of Alumni Hall. In making these changes, the Academy’s campus has become more pedestrian friendly—a sensible choice since so many students and faculty live on campus and walk to and from offices and classrooms each day. We hope our entire community will enjoy the new green space behind the Main Building.
Fiscal year 2014 was a year of strong donor support. Although it wasn’t a record-breaking year for the Academy, unrestricted support rose nearly 17 percent over last year. Unrestricted giving is especially important to the school because it allows us to direct funding where it is needed most. Our faculty, staff, and Trustees continue to support the Academy at high levels. Together, our alumni and parents provided nearly 80 percent of the gifts that came in during the year, accounting for more than $1.8 million in gifts to the Cushing Academy Annual Fund. The Academy also received an anonymous gift, valued at more than $7 million, to the endowment.
Cushing Academy is known for its music programs, but as you might imagine, maintaining our instruments—particularly our pianos because we are an all-Steinway School—can be an expensive proposition. Changhao “Eddie” Li ’15 has benefitted from the piano lessons he’s been able to take at Cushing and in honor of that, his mother, Sisy Shen made a donation last year that enabled the Academy to send its Steinway Grand to receive the care it needed. After classes ended in the spring, we had the piano moved to Aardvark Piano Company, and they began work. They worked hard over the summer and in August, they returned the piano to the theatre room in the Curry Center. Such a project might ordinarily be prohibitively expensive for the Academy to undertake, but because of the generosity of Ms. Shen, our students have access to a concert-quality instrument. If you’d like to support Cushing’s music program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-827-7400.
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Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.