Dear Fenwick Community,
The world is a lot different at the beginning of 2021 than at the beginning of 2020. With the dual scourges of the coronavirus pandemic and racial/social inequity issues - not to mention natural disasters and a radically divisive political environment - we must not forget and must learn from the lessons of 2020.
One lesson decisively learned at Fenwick is that the twin goals of the Centennial Campaign - facilities improvement and tuition assistance/endowment growth - have only been reinforced in our new environment.
Fenwick students want to be in the school building, not on-line, not learning from home. They want to see their teachers, their classmates, and friends in person, not over Zoom. Teachers teach better and students learn better in the school building. However, as a school, we also need to prepare for the potential of future crises. All of this argues for upgraded facilities: greater open space, more flexible learning environments, more state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
Similarly, our students and alumni of color have made it abundantly clear that Fenwick can be part of the solution to the racial/social inequities in our society. We have work to do. We need to create greater access and more opportunities for all students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, but especially our students of color. We need to create partnerships in the broader community to create an encouraging and welcoming admission pathway for all academically qualified students, and to expand outreach to new areas and communities that are not traditional recruitment strongholds for Fenwick. All of this argues for greater outreach and availability of tuition assistance today and in the future, through endowment, so that Fenwick can be a societal example of diversity, equity and inclusion in Catholic education today.
The vision and goals defined in the Centennial Campaign five years ago have been tested, but the past year has only solidified their importance to the future of Fenwick and those students we educate “to lead, achieve and serve.”
We also have much to celebrate with the successes of the Centennial Campaign over the past five years. The conclusion of the original feasibility study for the Centennial Campaign reads: “At this moment, we see a major-gifts campaign for Fenwick in the $12-$14 million range. We see greater long-term potential, however, and believe… Fenwick will look back five years from now and see they have secured much more than $12-$14 million.”
Looking back on the first five years, they were right! $12-14 million has been passed by a long shot! Let’s take a victory lap! But let’s not rest on our laurels. This is an on-going Campaign, and future Friars need your help. I encourage you to view the pamphlet immediately below, to peruse the rest of this web page, to celebrate our collective success, to see the work that still needs to be done, and to consider where you may help.
Thank you for your consideration. Here’s to a bright 2021 and, with your support, continued success with the Centennial Campaign. May God bless you and your families and the entire Fenwick community.
Fr. Richard Peddicord, O.P.
President, Fenwick High School