The Every Girl campaign—a $45 million campaign to renovate and expand Nightingale-Bamford’s historic schoolhouse on 92nd Street—launched on January 27 during a celebration at the schoolhouse with 250 people in attendance. Led by campaign chairs Blair Pillsbury Enders ’88 P’22, Elena Hahn Kiam ’81 PP’14, P’17, and Greg Palm P’23, the entire Board of Trustees has supported this important endeavor substantially to update and expand our schoolhouse for the first time since 1991. This is the largest campaign in the school’s history, and its first in more than a decade.
The Every Girl campaign is off to a strong start, having raised $30.3 million in commitments in the quiet phase. Among the milestone accomplishments to date was the largest gift in the history of the school. Bringing the campaign to a successful conclusion, however, will require meaningful participation by the entire community.
In describing the importance of this campaign, Head of School Paul A. Burke said, “The Every Girl campaign builds on our guiding principles and secures our unique strength: the promise that every girl will have every chance—at every moment, in every space—to become the best version of herself.”
Following the event, the campaign chairs reflected on this historic fundraising effort and the positive changes it will bring about.
“As an alumna, I believe my Nightingale education was the foundation of who I am today. Our current school leadership has carefully considered how and what Nightingale girls are being taught, and we have reimagined the spaces in which the girls will be educated. Notwithstanding these changes, the signature of a Nightingale student experience remains the education of both her heart and mind,” said Elena Hahn Kiam. “Our new schoolhouse will take advantage of exciting advances in technology and further facilitate the direct interaction between faculty and students—the key to a Nightingale education.”
“Each division of the school—Lower, Middle, and Upper—will gain its own special area where girls will be able to gather together in ways that are appropriate for their age,” added Greg Palm. “The Lower School Library, for example, featuring a reading room with one of the historic bay windows facing the new courtyard, will become a hub for our youngest students, who still enjoy reading stories together with their teachers.”
“As any alumna or parent knows, Nightingale girls have often gathered in the hallways of the school between classes. In its new incarnation, our schoolhouse provides common spaces for Middle and Upper Schoolers to study, meet with faculty, or mingle,” continued Blair Pillsbury Enders.
“With the addition of the townhouses, the number of classrooms will significantly increase, giving the school more flexibility in scheduling and allowing girls to take advantage of access to exciting spaces such as the Greenhouse, Blackbox Theater, and Seminar Classrooms,” concluded Ms. Kiam. “Programs such as public speaking, debate, and independent study projects will be able to flourish in our new building.”
Photos from our Celebration of Leadership Donors, on January 27, 2016, which included an announcement of the Every Girl campaign.