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. 
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 2022 will purchase a ceramic kiln to live at our 601 campus and support ongoing costs associated with its operation. Additionally, the class gift will allow the school to purchase kiln furniture, shelving, and art supplies such as clay, glaze, and tools. 

The Class of 2022 will also bolster CDS' unique arts program. Additional funds will be allocated to an art program fund that will encourage creative thinking and expand the artistic reach of our students.  Strengthening our art program will not only benefit CDS students for years to come but also allow our community partners to utilize the space and equipment, which aligns with CDS’ community values.

Our goal is to reach 100% participation from the graduating class parents in support of the kiln, associated items, and restricted art fund. 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 for more information.

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.

Thank you!

The 2022 Class Gift Committee:
Mylene Acosta-Mercado (Leo, '22)
Jill Linwood (Sadie, '22)
Jason Monberg (Stella, '22 and Hollis, '25)
Kimberly Shephard (Jack, '22)
Carl Sjogreen (Lily, '22 and Charlie, '25)
Vivien Zraick (Sofia, '22 and Lilah, '24)

Bolstering our ceramics program by adding a kiln at 601 has been in the making for some time. Our students and staff could not be more enthusiastic about the new equipment. We are also thrilled by the potential to expand the use of the kiln beyond the classroom to our greater community and after-school programming!
- Chris Wachsmith, MS Director

Past Class Gifts

Class of 2021: Student Lounge Redesign & Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship
For the 2021 class gift, the eighth-grade class contributed to the redesign of the Student Lounge at the 601 Dolores Campus. The versatile setup will provide breakout classroom space and quiet nooks for studying to meet the diverse needs of the students throughout the day. The Class of 2021 will also continue with the tradition and commitment of growing our endowment for sliding scale.

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.
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