Dear Humanities Family,
Take a moment to think of your favorite teacher when you were young. I’m sure you still remember the nickname you and your friends made up for them, their favorite saying in class, the really bad holiday sweater that they wore just to make you laugh, and especially how enthusiastic they were when you asked a great question or sparked a debate.
For me, it was Miss Norton. She helped me find my voice in class. She took a shy, quiet student and made me feel like my opinions mattered. And while she was at it, she showed us all how to appreciate each other’s learning styles and strengths – well before “visual learner” or “kinetic learner” became common lingo in the educational field. And I mean way before, like bell-bottoms and peace rally days. She was a true innovator in her field and an unsung hero.
Fast-forward a few decades to when I was meeting with my son’s English teacher here at Walter Reed the other day during her lunch break (she had skipped lunch to meet with me). At the end of our meeting, her colleague came in and was bubbling over with excitement about the new Math books she had finally managed to purchase for her class. I marveled at how someone could be this excited about a math book. It was a joy to behold.
Your gift to the FOHA Annual Fund directly benefits your child’s classroom – so essentials like scientific equipment can be ordered, and the “extra-essentials”, like field trips to a Shakespeare play, a local museum, and the Catalina Marine Institute are a reality for all our Humanities Academy students. Your gift helps our teachers be as creative and inspiring as possible, without having to worry if they can order a full set of Math workbooks for their class. You make this a possibility through your generous support.
Please put Walter Reed first on your list of charitable donations this holiday season. If you went to one of the Winter concerts by our award-winning music program, or your child can’t stop talking about cutting up squids’ eyes on her field trip to Catalina, you know that your gifts are making a true difference for your child, their friends and all of our FOHA students and teachers.
On behalf of the students and teachers of the Walter Reed Humanities Academy, thank you for your generous support.
Current 6th and 8th grade Humanities Parent