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Spring Campaign Update - May 2004

Letter of Thanks to Granville School:  The~Foundation received the following, heart-felt letter last month along with a generous donation.~The donor lives in Mechanicsville, VA.~ ~We thought many of you would enjoy reading it as we certainly did.  What a well written and touching letter.  

April 9th

Dear Members of the Scholarship Foundation:

How ironic that your pledge letter has found me this week of all weeks.~ I have been sorting through old Granville School papers from my 4th-8th grade career (I'm now 38!) and am awash in the nostalgia and fond memories from those years.~ The death of my mother-in-law in January has plunged me and my almost-midlife husband into the emotional task of sorting and purging.~ I thought he was~ the packrat...turns out I~ have every page and note from Gerry Bergeron's algebra class and copies of the "Bert 'n Benny" student newspaper that Everett Rockwell used to let us run off on a mimeo-graph machine outside the office.~ Another paper I came across was a Certificate for a 4K benefit marathon that I ran in - I came in 42nd (!) and a photo of me being hosed down in that race on Sodom Mt. Rd!~ My journal and photographs from "Field trip '77" are also being carefully packed away for another decade or so, anyway.

Granville School was such an incredible formation for me that it is no wonder I remember those older days much more strongly than my high school or college days.~ The stability and core values that School taught me- even more important with today's deliberate untetheredness- can and have lasted a lifetime.

Until my own children (aged 2 and 31/2) can get up there to bike around the block for money, I will be glad to contribute both in gratitude and in support of Granville's future scholars.

Very Sincerely,
Jenny (Bacon) Burk

$11,243 receive to date.  In other news, the GTCSF has, thus far, received $11,243.00 in donations from our Spring Phonathon and Mail Campaign.~ This is the best start to the annual fund drive in the 30 year history of the Foundation!~ Keep an eye on the “thermometers” on the Granville Green and in front of the Tolland Town Hall to track our progress.

$10,000 Grant to Endowment Fund from Tolland Resident:  For those of you who do not already know, we recently received a $10,000 contribution to the Foundation’s endowment from a Tolland resident.~ Contributions to our permanent endowment are especially important for two reasons:  first, the larger the endowment, the larger the annual income that’s available to supplement annual donations; second, the endowment’s growth is our main means of protecting our scholarships against inflation.

The Granville-Tolland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation (GTCSF) is a non-profit, volunteer chapter of Dollars For Scholars. For 30 years the GTCSF has been awarding annual scholarships to undergraduate students who are residents of Tolland or Granville. Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and academic performance. Each student’s scholarship may be renewed, year to year, providing the recipient reapplies by the May 1st deadline, meets all application criteria, and remains in good academic standing as a full-time undergraduate at an accredited college or university.  For more information about us visit our webpage at (click on Boards & Committees) or contact Nina Stromgren (357-6153) or John Meiklejohn (357-6342).  Donations may be mailed to:  GTCSF P.O. Box 214, Granville, MA 01034-0214.

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