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SPIROL Donates $100,000
John Xeller, Development Associate

Pomfret, Connecticut – The SPIROL International Charitable Foundation--based in Danielson, CT--has committed $100,000 to Rectory School in Pomfret. The funds will be used to renovate the School’s science laboratories and to provide educational resources that will facilitate 21st-century teaching and learning within the science curriculum.

Both SPIROL and Rectory School have long histories serving the community of northeast Connecticut, and the two institutions enjoy a relationship that spans several generations. That relationship will continue to grow and prosper for generations to come thanks to SPIROL’s generosity and Rectory’s mission to provide holistic instruction to its students guided by best-practices. SPIROL International Charitable Foundation Chairperson and Rectory alumnus, Jeff Koehl wrote, “The passion, enthusiasm, and dedication that Rectory has to provide a quality educational experience for students are commendable. We look forward to continuing our long history with Rectory School, celebrating Rectory’s continued success, and, through the renovation of the laboratories, supporting the scientists of tomorrow.” This gift will have an immediate and transformational impact on the student experience at Rectory School.

Rectory School is in the midst of its Centennial Campaign. As part of the school’s commemoration of 100 years of educational excellence since its founding in 1920, it is embarking on an ambitious effort to adapt its campus to the evolving needs of today’s students. The Campaign for a Century, the final phase of a multi-year fundraising effort, seeks to increase the school’s capacity to provide financial aid to highly qualified applicants, to construct a new dormitory on campus, to renovate and expand athletic facilities, and to optimize learning spaces in the John B. Bigelow Academic Center which is the hub of daily academic activity. Head of School Fred Williams describes the campaign as, “a transformative effort that will impact all aspects of a student’s school experience and propel Rectory into the second century of academic distinction.”

The SPIROL International Charitable Foundation grant will help achieve the optimization of learning spaces, central to the Centennial Campaign, by providing the funding to make Rectory’s science labs more dynamic and conducive to scientific study. The renovation project will add space to each lab, and new, multi-purpose furniture will afford better opportunities for collaboration among students and faculty. The purchase of scientific-educational resources will increase the number of experiments Rectory students can perform each year by a factor of four. These upgrades will allow Rectory’s highly-skilled science faculty to cultivate in their students’ passion and proficiency in scientific study.

The project is slated for completion in the summer of 2021 with Rectory students reaping the full benefits starting in the 2021-2022 school year. On the impact of SPIROL International Charitable Foundation’s gift, Williams said, “The SPIROL International Charitable Foundation’s support has surely increased the influence scientific study will play as our students exercise their natural inquisitiveness, develop passions, and pursue lives of promise and purpose.” Rectory School extends its gratitude to the people at SPIROL who made this gift possible, and it looks forward to nurturing future leaders in science and technology who may one day form the foundation of the next generation of the SPIROL-Rectory School partnership.

 About Rectory School: Established in 1920, Rectory School is a private school for boarding students in grades 5-9 and day students in grades K-9. Rectory’s priority is understanding each child and furthering their personal growth. Individualized attention to a student’s academic, physical, social, and moral development has been a keystone of Rectory School since its founding 100 years ago. As a vital component in the School’s overall capability to fulfill its mission—nurturing the whole child within a caring, personalized learning environment—Rectory’s Learning Services program continually seeks to grow and stay on the forefront of evidence-based practices and current research. 

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