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Kansler Family Continues Their 支持 of GPA With Gift

作者:David Klein b| 回到目录

 


The 全球家长大使 Endowment supports and welcomes Ravenscroft’s international families and ensures that funds are available for students wishing to travel abroad.

The fund was born out of a need 盖尔Kansler identified in 2016: As the parent of 亚历山德拉的17, 她和她的丈夫, 迈克, 从中国收养的, Kansler came to understand that attaining a true sense of belonging within the Ravenscroft community often presents a challenge for international families. After all, the school has its own culture, traditions and lexicon. How would Ravens who grew up in London or China understand what 首页coming is about or know what to make of the term “game-day dress”?

Gail, Alex and 迈克 visit Queenstown, New Zealand, in 2011.

 


对社区的向往

Kansler was inspired to act by the recognition that Ravenscroft’s international families yearned to strengthen bonds with the school and its community. 她联系了大卫·凯特, 当时是十大靠谱网赌全球项目主任, 找到支持这些家庭的方法. 这一努力产生了 全球家长大使, a parent-led group that has welcomed Ravenscroft’s growing international community ever since.

Aeri迈耶斯, 全球家长大使的前任主席, sees the group in the context of Ravenscroft’s commitment to diversity, 公平和包容措施. “GPA是DEI的一部分. Once you feel included, there’s a feeling of, ‘I’m OK being different. Now I feel confident enough to discuss those differences, 或者是共性, 为他们俩庆祝,’”她解释道.

诞生于RWorld活动, the school’s Community Rock Garden includes a student-decorated rock bearing the GPA globe.


同时忠于自己的使命, the group has expanded its original focus by looking beyond the international community and involving those families who share a passion for travel and global culture.

全球家长大使开始说, “人们只是想要社区, 不管他们来自哪里,’”菲尔·希金森说, 慈善学院副院长. “家长们把学校视为他们的社交中心. GPA成员在做的一些事情, 庆祝全球文化, 让其他家长说, ‘天哪, 我也想参与其中.’ So it became a very social thing — and very popular.”

“像GPA这样的家长团体是独一无二的,杰西卡·杨松说, who succeeded Kates as Director of Global 项目. “I don’t believe many independent schools have a parent group of global ambassadors! It is wonderful to see this group and attract globally minded families to our school.”

盖尔Kansler, 前排左数第二个, and other Ravenscroft parents kick off the 全球家长大使 in 五月 2016.

 


扩大的任务

近年来, the group has been instrumental in organizing and supporting on-campus 事件s such as the schoolwide Culture Festival and celebrations of the Lunar New Year and Diwali. As the group’s popularity has grown, its mission has expanded. 最初专注于事件和活动, “GPA has become a platform for community engagement and interconnectedness,迈耶斯说. 这个平台就是该集团的使命. It’s an opportunity for meaningful human connection. GPA creates a space for people to meet and gather together without a specific to-do other than create a memory.”

With Alex now a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx, 纽约, the Kanslers have remained closely involved with GPA. 对集团的成长和发展感到欣慰, they decided to make another generous donation to support the endowment fund they created. They also updated the fund’s language to reinforce its commitment toward inclusivity.

“We wanted that ‘community’ word in there,” said Kansler. “The idea is that the GPA president and the school’s Director of Global 项目 will determine how that money can be used for the students.” 

The other significant change to the endowment is an important one: the addition of Alex’s name. “We wanted it to be kind of a legacy for her that she can continue,” said Kansler.

Left: Alex and 迈克 enjoy a family trip to Prague in 2014.
Right: Gail and 迈克 visit Fordham University in the Bronx, 纽约, with 亚历克斯的17他现在是那里的学生.

Above, the Kanslers pose atop the American Embassy in Berlin in 2014.