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It’s Not Just MLWGS

May 16, 2019 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

It’s not just about MLWGS.  Alumni gifts impact so much more than the school.

The alumni campaign is halfway through, and 8% of alumni have made gifts totaling $42,600 to the Governor’s School Foundation.  Giving before May 31st to help us toward our goal of 35% participation overall will also help support all the work we do that impacts more than just current students at MLWGS.  Here are a few examples:
The recent track renovation campaign provided a top-tier running surface for the many partner institutions and community groups that regularly use the Maggie Walker track, including Virginia Union University, Richmond Youth Track team, Richmond Special Olympics, West End Striders, and the Moore Street Baptist Church.
This spring, the Foundation funded a grant to support Newtowne Tutoring club, whose members provide weekly, one-on-one afterschool tutoring, snacks, and organized play for elementary and middle school students from nearby schools.  The club had this to say:
“Your generosity is greatly appreciated by tutors and tutees alike.  Because of your donations, we have been able to purchase necessary supplies for the betterment of the club.  You provide support for community outreach that improves the education of the students who come.  We are incredibly grateful for all you have done.”
The Foundation made a significant grant to the Visual Arts Boosters this year that supported work on the mural honoring Maggie Lena Walker.  Well over 300 participants worked collaboratively to paint this mural.  This project brought together alumni of the original Maggie Walker High School, current MLWGS students and faculty members, alumni parents, Governor’s School alumni, and members of the surrounding Carver and Jackson Ward communities.  In the words of MLWGS English Department Head Lisa Williams, “The final product is indeed magnificent and pleasing to the eye, but more than the vibrant colors, powerful words, and symbolic images, the mural speaks to the heart because it embodies the true spirit of collaboration.”

Alumni giving supports everything we do!