"I didn't really know that we had food poverty in Charlottesville and that 50% of Charlottesville City Public School students get free and reduced lunch. It's very easy to think of an idea, but figuring out how it's actually supposed to work is hard. It's so much more complicated when you look at funding and logistics."
Stories of Impact
Below you'll find examples of how your philanthropy has benefited the St. Anne's-Belfield community during this past fiscal year. We encourage you to stay connected to the school to see your philanthropy in action every day through our website, newsletters, and social channels.
“We’ve been able to expand outdoor learning programming into our summer camps and we’d love to bring more families in to experience this unique environment. Play is critically important to our students’ development and we’re so fortunate to continue working with Wildrock to be an innovator and leader in outdoor education. We’ve only just begun this exciting model for early childhood education and are looking forward to the future in this field.”
“While taking this course, my class and I traveled to over four different watersheds in our community to perform river ecology tests to examine the health of the water and perform field studies on the critically endangered James River spinymussel. I continue to research and contribute to studying the endangered James River spinymussel even out of highschool and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to take this class.”
“With the mask mandates and the physical distancing guidelines, we wanted to make sure that students still had ample opportunities to get out of their rooms and participate in social activities. By having our students join one outdoor activity each weekend, we were able to have some really memorable experiences through activities like kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and overnight camping.”
“I’m very proud of the team effort of our students this year. A lot of students shared that they valued the ‘struggle’ of a traditional stage production, but it was rewarding to see the patience, relationship-building, and perseverance during this time of change.”
"Forming one’s identity takes reflection, exploration, and commitment. The connections and exposure from the program give our students experiences that are necessary for them to better understand themselves.”