You may know this title from Howard Hanger’s book (co-authored by Vicki Garlock) “A Precious Window of Time.” The title carries many meanings such as the one in the book referring to the middle school years and the brief interlude of time during which a child is developing her sense of self. A “Precious Window of Time” may also refer to a finite amount of time to accomplish greatness or to meet a goal. Today we use the phrase “A Precious Window of Time” as the name of our initiative to lay down roots at 64 Weaver Boulevard.
As we embrace the 15th school year of Hanger Hall (2014-2015), a milestone worthy of great celebration, we are now poised to meet one of our greatest strategic objectives; a permanent home for Hanger Hall!
We have been very fortunate to have current and past Hanger Hall parents, with the skills and knowledge required to guide us during this process, willing to gift their time and expertise for the benefit of our girls, teachers, and community. These parents are all contributing their services as is our neighbor, Harlow Brown (a civil engineer!)
Our effort, “A Precious Window of Time,” is the 90 day period we had to raise our $300,000 down payment as required by the bank. This is all that is required for Hanger Hall to grow roots in celebration of its 15th anniversary and to establish a lasting presence in Asheville! We achieved that goal with $300,160 raised this summer. An anonymous matching gift of $100,000 and a $50,000 gift from the Modaff family provided the catalyst for our success. The second component of success was the support of 87%of our families and many grandparents. Our committee was chaired by Rachel Fagan and included Ann and Bill Smith, Lynn Penny, Jo Ikelheimer, Lisa Yoffee, Laura Stone, Jen Tracy, and Danette Lowery.
Now that we have purchased our permanent home renovations are furiously underway, thanks to the great partnership and work of Goforth Builders, and we are hoping for a late March 2015 move. We have this exciting opportunity to customize our space in tandem with the desires of our teachers to create the optimal learning environment for middle school girls. Our capital wish list includes items such as new science tables, cafe furnishings, projectors, outdoor storage containers, and picnic tables for outside dining and projects. Likewise we have a great opportunity to install enhanced security measures from the start.
For more information about how to be involved as a donor or a member of the committee please contact Cathy McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org