April 9, 2017

Last night was our annual auction. The theme for the evening was “Moonlit Night.” Indeed, we had a full moon for the event, which demonstrated a wonderful show of support for the school.

In addition to both the silent and live auctions, all in attendance got to see the GSB Players reprise one of the numbers from their recent show, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It was great to see them perform once again, though I was a little disappointed that some in the audience were talking and not really paying attention. These events can be noisy at times, and my hope is we will improve in this area next year.

My special thanks go to Julie Bliss Chan, who was the parent chair. Her tireless commitment, enthusiasm and creativity was visible everywhere. The auction simply could not have happened without the leadership of our parent volunteers. Given that the proceeds go directly to fund the programs at the school, our children are ultimately the beneficiaries. As we all know, our children are a great “cause.”

I am in awe of all that our volunteers do at and for Gill at every level. Beyond the auction and other events like the fashion show, there is the Booster Club and theater parents (Friends of the Arts). We have PAN Parents, team parents, room parents and grade level parents. The list goes on, in each case connecting a volunteer to a critical need at our school. Without such support, our school would be a vastly different place, and not for the better.

Perhaps most important, this gift of service given by our parents, further deepens and strengthens the bonds of community at GSB. It extends and expands our programs in ways that may not be easily quantified. For this I am most grateful, as it is this very spirit that sets us apart as a school from the many others in the area.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.