Any good campaign must begin with “why.” Why take on the task of developing support and raising funds for a particular cause? In the case of Cardigan, that answer has always been easy. We do it for the boys.
“As you read this issue of the Chronicle, there will be some things missing. In many cases the boys’ faces will be obscured behind the masks that are protecting them, protecting all of us. And you won’t be able to hear their voices, the joy and excitement of victory and accomplishment, the hard conversations filled with growth and learning, the ordinary moments captured in friendly greetings. I hope, however, as you flip through the pages, you will use your imagination to complete the pictures and join me in the simple pleasure of being a part of a school that is open and thriving, despite a pandemic.”
EMILY MAGNUS, EDITOR
Almost a decade ago, The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 began as a comprehensive fundraising initiative focused on raising $50 million for our School’s capital, endowment, and operational needs.
It is with excitement, pride, and tremendous gratitude that I find myself writing to you, the members of this loving, vibrant, and supportive Cardigan community, as we celebrate the conclusion of The Campaign for Cardigan 2020.
My favorite line in the Cardigan hymn comes toward the end: “through storm or weather fair.” It’s emblazoned on a sign which hangs over my office door, and it has been, and continues to be, an apt reminder and motivator to us all, especially over the last nine months and for the foreseeable future.
From global dailies to local weeklies, journalists utilize the printed word to inform and educate their constituents. Chenglin “Tony” He ’19 had the same intentions in January 2019 when he started Verbatim.
“To know the past is to know the present. To know the present is to know yourself.” And so begins Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a book students and faculty read together during Homecoming at the start of Cardigan’s academic year.
Girls at Cardigan? Not during the traditional academic year. But during Cardigan’s Summer Session, since 1969, girls have been learning and growing right alongside the boys. For many of them, the School has been a catalyst for success—for self-confidence, self-advocacy, and self-awareness.
Cardigan’s mission makes preparing its students for “responsible and meaningful lives in a global society” the School’s primary focus. As part of that effort, last January Cardigan’s administrative team made diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) a priority at all levels. Alumni Board member Malcolm Boyd ’03 saw an opportunity to involve alumni in the effort as well.
Entering its second decade as an organized sport at Cardigan, the mountain biking team is thriving, thanks to the enthusiastic dedication of the coaches and athletes who continue to build trails, teamwork, and support for each other. Even a pandemic hasn’t slowed these boys down.
“In this issue of the Cardigan Chronicle, we celebrate the Class of 2020. These boys make up a very special class, and not just because they graduated in the year of COVID-19; they deserve to be acknowledged for the ways in which they have led the School this year and the positive energy they’ve helped spread. It’s also why we chose to go forward with our focus on alumni; their successes and celebrations bring positive energy to a world that is struggling. Our alumni, both the most recent graduates and those from many years in the past, are our silver lining.”
Emily Magnus, Editor