As I consider the opportunities and complexities facing our students today and the rate of change in our world, I am assured that our mission at Crescent School – Men of Character from Boys of Promise – is not only appropriate, it represents their best chance for success.
What better purpose could there be than to provide a comprehensive, enriched, well-rounded, and challenging academic and character-based education for our students? We want our boys to graduate from Crescent prepared and eager to face the challenges of our fast-paced world. Teddy Roosevelt may have captured Crescent’s educational philosophy most succinctly when he said, “To education a person in mind and not in morals is to education a menace to society.” If he were around today, I’m sure he would have added more texture to what he meant by educate. The 21st century educated man must be creative, collaborative, intellectually nimble and personally resilient – and be a citizen of the world.
For years, Crescent has exhibited an unwavering commitment to excellence in boys’ education in all facets of academic and character development. We continue our single-minded drive to support the intellectual and social requirements of our students with Great Boys: The Campaign for our Second Century. We are building on our strengths, yet being mindful of the powerful forces that will shape our students’ lives.
The Great Boys campaign is a bookended one: two building initiatives form each symbolic end, while critically important and evolving program enhancements are being positioned within. We have audacious plans for our Crescent boys of promise, but none of them would have been possible without the wisdom and faith of our Board of Governors, Development Committee and Campaign Co-Chairs, our Alumni Executive Committee, the lead donors who have provided generous, significant support to the campaign - and most importantly, the inspiration provided by our boys and their families all around us.
I am proud and excited that Crescent is reaching higher than we have ever reached before, with a campaign goal of $30 million. The Great Boys campaign is not really about buildings or programs; those are simply a means to an end. The campaign is about the enormous potential of each and every Crescent boy, and doing whatever we can in order that they can graduate from our great school confident and prepared to take their place in the world as men of character.
I invite each you to join me. Please participate in and celebrate the Great Boys campaign, and watch as Crescent School dramatically evolves, builds upon it mission, and fulfills its promise to the future and to our great boys.