Despite the cold on November 25, crowds gathered for coffee, doughnuts, performances by the chorus and band, and the unveiling of the banner announcing the theme for Alexandria Country Day School's first capital campaign, "Building on the Dream."
In his remarks, Jim Kornick, President of the Board of Trustees, harkened back to the school's beginnings 20 years ago in the basement of the church across Russell Road, when a group of parents and teachers gathered together and shared a dream for a new school in Alexandria, one founded on the tenets of enthusiasm, compassion, and self-confidence in students, commitment by teachers and parents, high behavioral expectations, and citizenship.
The goal of Phase I of the campaign is to raise $1 million to complete the renovations to the third floor of the school. Alexandria Country Day School is housed in the former St. Mary's Academy, which the school acquired in 1990.
Phase II of the campaign aims to raise an additional $3 million earmarked for a new gymnasium and multipurpose facility that will include rooms for primary and elementary science, offices, meeting spaces, and performing arts.
Alexandria Country Day School is a nonsectarian, coeducational, independent school. Founded in 1983, it is dedicated to quality education through small classes and an atmosphere that promotes respect and achievement.
The school draws students from the greater Washington, D.C., area. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Other affiliations include the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, the Black Student Fund, the Parent's Council of Washington, and the Educational Records Bureau.