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2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT THE SPIRIT OF GIVING at Porter-Gaud

Throughout our 151-year history, Porter-Gaud has relied on the generosity of the community in our pursuit of excellence.

THANK YOU parents, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, past parents, corporations, and friends for making us a philanthropic priority in 2017-18.

We've created this Annual Report to celebrate your spirit of giving and THANK YOU for making Porter-Gaud the special place it is.

THANK YOU for making these moments of discovery, joy, and inspiration possible.

"Porter-Gaud's 2017-2018 academic year was a particularly meaningful one, as it marked our 150th year. This milestone gave us a chance to celebrate this amazing academic community and its growth in so many ways. I am grateful for the generosity of so many generations who have helped this school live and thrive in its mission."
D. DuBose Egleston, Jr. '93, Head of School
"“I always knew that I wanted to send my children to Porter-Gaud, so contributing to the reNEWal campaign was incredibly important to me. I wanted them to be educated at an institution that I was extremely proud of, both in infrastructure and academics. Continuing to improve the Porter-Gaud campus is something that I am very passionate about.”
Cate Morse Leatherman '04, Alumni Association Board member and O'Quinn parent

reNEWal Campaign

This historic $25 million Campaign is transforming our campus into a flagship of academic excellence and innovation. Watch the video below!

Thank you to our reNEWAL Campaign donors to date!

Each year, Lower School Librarian Susan Easter reads the South Carolina Picture Book Award nominees - sponsored by the SC Association of School Librarians. Students will vote for their favorite one from the list of 20 in February.
"We are inspired to volunteer and invest in Porter-Gaud because of its tradition of excellence and commitment to cultivating a community that values strong character as well as a rigorous academic curriculum."
Jennifer and Ashley '98 Thiem, parents of Caroline '30 and Hunter '27
The annual play, The Thanksgiving of 1621, continues a long-standing tradition of first graders performing for our seniors.

Cyclone Fund

Annual Giving reached new heights in 2017-18 securing more than $1 million in gifts for unrestricted and restricted giving!

Second graders in Ms Hanzche's class dropping the mic (well, pencils) after completing their narratives at the publishing party.
"I know that our donation to the Cyclone Fund will help bridge the gap that is needed to fund every child at our school. Each gift, no matter how big or small, shows unity within our PG family. We are in this together and together we can make a difference."
Wendy and Bill Delaney, parents of Keagan '27
Members of the student-led Honor Council and faculty advisors Ms. Holly Hyde and Dr. Christianne Gates.

ENDOWMENT GIVING

We are fortunate to have donors, past and present, who are committed to ensuring that Porter-Gaud will thrive for generations.

Chandler McKelvey '19 was the 2017-18 Richards Memorial Scholarship recipient. She traveled to Fiji for an unforgettable service trip. Meet Chandler in the short video below.

WATCH Tower SOCIETY

By including Porter-Gaud in their wills or estate plans, planned giving donors make an impact beyond their lifetime.

AFFILIATE GIVING

Our parent organizations led the charge supporting our students, student-athletes, faculty and staff.

Their tireless volunteer hours and fun-filled events continue to build an inclusive and welcoming school community.

In 2017-18, the Parents Guild contributed $20,000 to the reNEWal Campaign and $2,500 to the Cyclone Fund,

$ 7,976 for the Athletic Wish Lists,

$64,016 for the Teacher Wish List,

and $10,000 for Faculty Enrichment Grants.

US English faculty member Anna Smith retraced James Joyce's travels across Ireland.

The Fathers Association provided food and concessions for numerous school and sporting events, as well as athletic equipment for our teams.

Plus, the annual Shrimp Boil and Oyster Roast welcomes new families and builds community among our parents.

Thank you to our parent organizations!

Computer science is integrated across disciplines and divisions. Older students mentor younger students on coding projects.
Class of 2018

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Pi Day is a favorite event in the Middle School. It is held in honor of former MS principal, Randy Clark.
Junior Katie Krawcheck (right center) was the first teen to travel to Israel this summer as part of a grant from the Charleston Jewish Federation.

Porter-Gaud has more than 5,000 alumni in cities across the country and the world.

Alumni are the foundation for our School and this great community. We are honored they call Porter-Gaud home.

"As president of the YAA, when thinking about Porter-Gaud and why I give, the one word that comes to mind is "Everything". I say everything because PG has given me amazing friends, a stellar education, and a wealth of opportunities, for that I will always be grateful."
Jack Gilchrist '15, Young Alumni Association President
Writer's Workshop in the Lower School inspires effective communication skills.

Leadership Board Lists

Thank you to our volunteer leadership boards for their dedication and commitment to Porter-Gaud. Your example for our students, fellow parents, and volunteers expands Porter-Gaud's reach across the Lowcountry and beyond.

The annual Vestry Weekend on Camp St. Christopher supports spiritual growth, fellowship, and new friendships.

PORTER-GAUD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Dr. Thomas C. Appleby '77
  • Mrs. Wanda Boyd
  • Dr. William Melvin Brown III '87
  • Mr. James T. H. Buxton '91
  • Mr. Henry M. Cheves, Jr. '87, Chair
  • Mr. J. Walker Coleman IV '82
  • Mr. Peter Fennelly
  • Mrs. Anne Blakeney Kelley '94
  • Mr. Paul Kohlheim
  • The Right Reverend Mark Lawrence
  • Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr.
  • The Reverend Haden McCormick
  • Mr. Ford P. Menefee '79
  • Mr. Ovie Phillip Mughelli '98
  • Mr. James M. Stelling '68
  • Mrs. Jennifer H. Thiem
  • Mr. Jonathan P. Weitz '87
  • Dr. R. Preston Wendell '97
  • Mrs. Debra Wilson
  • The Reverend John Zahl

Ex-Officio

  • Mr. D. DuBose Egleston, Jr. ’93, Head of School
  • Mr. Francis C. Ford IV '94

The Foundation Board

  • Mr. Ryan Bluestein '91
  • Mr. Charles P. Darby, IV '01
  • Mr. F. Cordes Ford, IV ’94, Chair
  • Mrs. Deirdre Forston
  • Mr. J. Travis Howell '95
  • Mrs. Linda P. Porter
  • Mrs. Laura M. Schaible
  • Mr. James A. Scully, Jr., Vice Chair
  • Mrs. Jennifer Sobich
  • Mr. Jeffrey E. Tozzi
  • Mrs. Lisa D. Weitz

Ex-Officio

  • Mr. John S. Bennett, President, Fathers Association
  • Mr. Henry M. Cheves, Jr. ’87, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Mr. D. DuBose Egleston, Jr. ’93, Head of School
  • Mrs. Leigh M. Kilborn, President, Parents Guild
  • Mr. Ford Menefee '79, Board of Trustees
  • Mr. G. Christopher Osborne, Jr. '95, Alumni Association
  • Mr. Melvin H. Roberts '63, President, Porter Military Academy Alumni Association
  • Mr. Craig Stewart, Executive Director of the Porter-Gaud Foundation

THANK YOU donors!

Your belief in the power of a Porter-Gaud education has helped to create and sustain our unique and vibrant learning community!

Empathy exercise in the Lower School teaches respect and dignity for every individual.

Together, we are Porter-Gaud.

Our Mission

Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal, coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school. We acknowledge the sovereignty of God, recognize the worth of the individual, and seek to cultivate a school community that endows its citizens with a foundation of moral and ethical character and intellect. Porter-Gaud fosters a challenging academic environment that honors excellence in teaching and learning, respects differences, expects honesty, and applauds achievement. The school strives to create an environment that nurtures and protects what we value most in our children: their faith, their curiosity, their talents, their integrity, their humanity, and their dreams.

Porter-Gaud School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Newest Cyclones to join the Porter-Gaud family.
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