About the Annual Fund
Tomorrow’s leaders are in our classrooms today. They are the world’s future inventors, doctors, lawyers, social workers, teachers, scientists, musicians, nurses, engineers, actors, business owners, and more. As educators, we want nothing more than to see them succeed, but we can’t do it alone.
As is the case with nearly all private schools, tuition alone simply isn’t enough to fully cover the costs of educating our students. That’s why we’re asking for your support of the 2017-2018 Annual Fund.
Thanks to your generosity last year, we now have a state-of-the-art MAC Lab and will be introducing week-long, experiential-learning courses called Mini-Mesters this spring.
Beginning on June 4, 2018, students will immerse themselves in one of the 15 Mini-Mester courses developed by OLMA faculty members. Students will travel to Canada, hike the Grand Canyon, paint watercolor masterpieces, learn to sew, experience the world of culinary arts, master the art of digital photography, dance their way down Broadway, take a step back into the history of Cape May, and more. It’s hands-on learning at its best — and we couldn’t be happier to provide it.
We also renovated our athletic training facilities and added a brand new patio. We added two new outstanding classroom teachers (Wes Jarrell and Nicole Donovan) and a new Athletic Director (Matt Lenguadoro).
Also new this year is Jen Valore, Dean of Academics & Leadership, who is championing OLMA’s L2T program. It’s focused on leadership, life skills and technology and began this year with Bravery Training for freshmen and sophomores.
Bravery Training is designed to help students overcome their fears and insecurities in a safe and supportive environment. Students learn to set personal goals and develop strategies for achieving them. Along the way, they also learn how to celebrate their many strengths — something many people have a hard time doing.
The end result? OLMA graduates who believe in themselves and are determined to achieve their absolute best. We’re working hard to give them the skills and confidence they need to do just that — and more.
That’s where you come in.
We added three new AP courses this year and want to add more. We formed a field hockey club team and want to give them their own field. More and more of our students are pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. We want to help by upgrading our science labs and equipment.
We increased enrollment by more than 30 percent this year and plan to keep on growing. That means that we will soon need new lockers, as well as classroom and cafeteria space.
Staying on Track
Your gift to the Annual Fund can make all of these things happen. It can also keep us on track by helping to fund:
- Shortfalls in operating costs
- Class retreats and service projects to help our girls grow spiritually
- Enhancements of our music, arts and performing arts programs
- Professional development for faculty and staff
- Athletic gear, uniforms and sports supplies
The list goes on an on — which is why every dollar donated goes directly back into our school in support of our students. Together, we can make sure that our students get every opportunity possible to succeed — and lead.
Our goal is to raise $50.000 in cash donations. With the support of our families, alumnae and alumnae families, friends, and community supporters, we know we can do it. All gifts, regardless of size, are needed and greatly appreciated. Every penny counts.
Please help get us started by making your gift today. You can do it online at www.OLMANJ.org, or by calling the Development office at (856) 697-2009, ext. 140. We cannot thank you enough.