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Orchard Gets Historic $2 Million Commitment, Closes in on Capital Campaign

The Orchard School has received a $2 million commitment from an anonymous donor as part of its capital campaign, Celebrating Our Roots; Cultivating for the Future. This gift will help advance the school's mission of ‘developing and educating the whole child’ into its second century of Progressive education in Central Indiana.

To lay the groundwork for the next 100 years, the school began an $11 million capital campaign in 2016. The campaign has resulted in three new natural playgrounds, a state-of-the-art makerspace, increased support for faculty and students via dedicated endowed funds, technology improvements, and green initiatives.

"This historic $2 million gift honors the success of our founders in establishing Orchard nearly 100 years ago and plants the seeds for our future. It’s a true testament to the strength and generosity of our community," said Head of School, Dr. Sherri Helvie.

"Orchard is now nearly at the finish line for completion of our first capital campaign in 20 years. It is a tremendous honor to extend the opportunity for a match to all Orchard donors and draw upon the power of this truly transformational gift," said Director of Institutional Advancement Stephen Sturman.

What's been accomplished so far:​​

Thanks to the campaign, Orchard completed and opened the Fred Lorenz Makerspace in 2020, which allows students to create and build their visions using both high and low-tech tools and experiment with a variety of materials.

The campaign has also funded and built three brand new natural playgrounds, which have provided much-needed outdoor exploration during COVID-19 and upgraded outdoor play and education for years to come.

What's next:

We need YOU!

Your gift of support will enhance our resources and ensure that our teachers and students are well supported, our facilities and programs are green and sustainable, and our endowment can provide critical operational support through our next century.

Will you join the capital campaign for The Orchard School by making a gift today?

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