“Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood, and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”
There is no greater investment we can make than one in our children. My life’s work in higher education attests to this fundamental belief – we must take very seriously the education and development of our young people. I believe that Roycemore is not only in line with this core belief, but it is also consistently working to improve and enhance the student experience. For these reasons, I agreed without hesitation to serve as the Honorary Chair of the GriffINNOVATION campaign.
Building upon the project-based learning that has a more than 50-year history at Roycemore, this is the ideal time to invest in a facility that will allow Griffins the space to innovate, invent, and inspire others. This is in line with the best of Roycemore’s traditions and characteristics:
Education is in a time of profound change. Modifications to school programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have only served to accelerate educational transformation. In fact, the processes for college admissions and for hiring entry-level employees are similarly in a period of intense disruption that students are already beginning to experience. The world is shifting to a global rather than a local viewpoint, and jobs are shifting to encompass more teamwork than ever before as more tasks of the industrial era become automated. Because of Roycemore’s approach to education and innovation, it is poised to prepare students for this new environment.
I hope you will be inspired to join me in making a generous commitment to the Campaign and invest in the future of the School. I watched my investment in Roycemore pay off as my son and his peers matured and grew in impressive ways. They left the school ready for whatever challenges were to come and I knew that they would greet those challenges with grace, resolve, and creativity. I invite you, whether your Roycemore is today or in years gone by, to consider what the potential could be, as you explore the ideas herein for the GriffINNOVATION campaign. Let’s do what we can to support Roycemore as a place for young people to thrive.
Jonathan Holloway, Honorary Campaign Chair, President of Rutgers University, and Roycemore Alumni Parent
Our Annual Campaign is the critical philanthropic component of Roycemore’s yearly budget. These funds impact our daily programming and every single student and faculty member. Roycemore depends on philanthropic support, rather than any form of public funds, to recruit and retain our talented faculty, the largest portion of our annual budget. Your participation is important.
Giving back to the school that gave your child a nurturing space to help them grow into who they are today is an incredible way to honor the teachers who believed in your child and who inspired their success. As a parent of a Roycemore alum, you know better than many how unique Roycemore truly is. Your gift can help ensure that we continue to fulfill our history of life-saving, life-affirming, and life-changing work for years to come, and to ensure that tomorrow’s students receive the same level of education that your own children enjoyed.
6,000 square feet of unfinished potential lies in wait at Roycemore School. Many of us know the sun-filled space above the existing library and administrative wing as “Room 200.” It currently serves as a “warehouse” for extra furniture, a “storage unit” for various odds and ends, and a “workspace” for painting sets and project work. It beckons to serve a larger purpose – to house the imaginings of our students. Part old school shop, part magic, and part envisioning the future, it’s an innovation space, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) lab, a place where students paint on canvas in one corner and design virtual realms in another. At its core, the Innovation Center is a place for making, collaborating, learning, and sharing. It provides hands-on STEAM experiences that are critical for students to gain important problem-solving, design, and prototyping skills. We welcome you to be a part of making the transformation of Room 200 to the Innovation Center a reality.