CDS Class Gifts
Class gifts are a wonderful tradition that allows CDS’ graduating classes to make a positive impact on the future of our students.
Class of 2021: Student Lounge Redesign & Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship
Each year, the eighth grade class presents a gift to the school upon graduation. The gift is a symbol of the class' gratitude to the school and commitment to the future generations of CDS students. The Class of 2021 will redesign the Student Lounge at 601. We have made the best of our current space that looks over Founder’s Hall, but we’ve outgrown the setup installed when the Middle School opened. The makeover will allow the lounge to serve multiple purposes throughout the day, from breakout classroom space to a quiet nook for study. The versatile setup will provide a place to work alone or in teams to meet the diverse needs of the students throughout the day.
The Class of 2021 will also continue the tradition of contributing to the CDS Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship, which enables CDS to continue growing its endowment dedicated to sliding scale scholarships. This endowment will leave a lasting legacy, and will provide ongoing support to CDS students and families.
Our goals for the class gift include obtaining 100% participation from the graduating class parents raising support for the CDS Endowment. To make a gift, you can donate online, send in a check payable to Children’s Day School, or contact Director of Advancement Jeanna Yoo at 415-861-5432 x323 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don’t forget that if your employer matches charitable donations, your gift could double in size. You might also consider making a gift of appreciated stock, as that may provide greater tax benefits from your donation (specifically, avoidance of capital gains tax on the transfer), or make a gift from a donor advised fund.
The 2021 Class Gift Committee:
Mike Kennedy (Serena, ‘21 and Brynn, ‘25)
Nicolas King (Ellison, ‘21 and Seiji ‘25)
Andrew Leibnitz (Skye, ‘21 and Finley, ‘23)
Steve Malloy (Coco, ‘21)
Matt Payne (Livia, ‘21 and Vivienne, ‘23)
Kent Schoen (Mia, ‘21 and Kira, ‘23)
Past Class Gifts
Class of 2020: Hand-washing Stations & Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship
The Class of 2020 used their class gift to purchase and install hand-washing stations for the yard at 333 Dolores and the roof deck and lobby at 601. These sinks enable students to practice good hygiene before class and lunch and during play. The Class of 2020 also continued the tradition of contributing to the CDS Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship, which enables CDS to continue growing our endowment dedicated to sliding scale scholarships.
Class of 2019 Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship
The Class of 2019 continued the tradition of contributing to the CDS Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship, which enables CDS to continue to grow our endowment dedicated to sliding scale scholarships. This bolstered our long-term stability and ongoing commitment to socio-economic diversity.
Sowing the Seeds: Class of 2018 Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship
The Class of 2018 launched the CDS Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship, which created a lasting tribute that enables CDS to continue to grow this endowment dedicated to sliding scale scholarships. In addition, the Class of 2018 sowed actual seeds on the CDS campus. Students and families contributed needed seeds, plants, and equipment to the Farm & Garden program. A meyer lemon tree was planted at 601 Dolores' rooftop garden to commemorate the Class of 2018 gift.
Class of 2017: Gratitude Gift for Kirk Bell
For their 2017 class gift, the eighth grade class honored beloved middle school science teacher Kirk Bell with a 10-Panel Solar Array and Weather Station to commemorate his retirement after 12 years at CDS. Kirk has always wanted a weather station and solar panels for 601 Dolores; we raised funding for the project from families and friends of the Class of 2017 with 100% participation from class parents to fund this ambitious, lofty project and make Kirk’s vision a reality. Alumni families and members of the greater CDS community whose lives Kirk has touched also participated in this initiative.
Class of 2016
The class of 2016 generously presented CDS with a gift of movable risers for the stage in Founders’ Hall. This purchase will enhance our many performances in Founders’ Hall, including Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the winter performances, and so much more! We are grateful to those families for their contributions towards this gift.