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Class gifts are a wonderful tradition that allows CDS’ graduating classes to make a positive impact on the future of our students.  

Sowing the Seeds: Class of 2018 Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship

The Class of 2018 is launching the CDS Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship. With a third of our students paying sliding scale tuition, CDS provides a life-changing education as well as strong community support to a diverse population of families. In 2017-2018, CDS distributed $2.9 million in sliding scale scholarships to 28% of our students, making the school a leader in socio-economic diversity.

The Class of 2018, in launching the CDS Endowment for Sliding Scale Scholarship, will be creating a lasting tribute that will enable CDS to continue to grow this endowment dedicated to sliding scale scholarships. The hope is that this tradition will continue each year with future graduating classes in order to bolster our long-term stability and ongoing commitment to socio-economic diversity.  In addition, the Class of 2018 will sow actual seeds on the CDS campus. Gifts from our students and families will contribute needed seeds, plants, and equipment to the Farm & Garden program. A meyer lemon tree will be planted at 601 Dolores' rooftop garden with a special plaque to commemorate the Class of 2018 gift.

Our goal is 100% participation from the class parents, and to raise 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 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).

Thank you!

The 2018 Class Gift Committee:

Rebecca Arons (Eli,’18) Liza Ramrayka (Ella, ‘18)
Sarah Cooper (Shane, ‘18) Andrea Reynolds (Ava, ‘18)
Anne Ellis (Anya, ‘18) Tessa Wilcox (Maya, ‘18)
Lisa Presta (Brady, ‘18) Rachel Yeaman (Callum, ‘18)


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 more than $21,000 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.

Thank you to the parent volunteers who spearheaded this project! 

  • Andy Taylor, parent of Eddie (class of 2017), Alex (class of 2020), and Matty (class of 2024)
  • Holly Coleman, parent of Oskar (class of 2023) and Gus (class of 2026) - Green School Committee 
  • Eighth Grade liaisons Tanya Schevitz, Jeanette Wilmerding, Jen Millet, and Jocelyn Colopy.


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.