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Singapore American School Foundations Break Fundraising Records

2016-05-30 07:12 1614

SINGAPORE, May 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore American School is the beneficiary of a record year of fundraising through the Singapore-based SAS Foundation Ltd. and the United States-based Singapore American School Foundation. The boards of the two foundations recently voted to grant a total of $3,694,430 SGD to the school for the benefit of its students and faculty in academic year 2016-17. Among this sum was a seven-figure gift for the implementation of the school's 2020 strategic plan.

The funds will also support:

  • Training for Chinese language teachers in the elementary school to support the implementation of a Chinese language immersion program starting from kindergarten.
  • Enhanced opportunities for personalized and innovative learning across the elementary, middle, and high schools, including funding for inquiry unit development in the elementary school, and for Catalyst student projects and the implementation of Quest and Advanced Topic courses in the high school.
  • A continued emphasis on experiential learning, with gifts further cementing SAS's maker culture through additional staff support for the three makerspaces in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions, and funding for "guest makers" in the middle school.
  • School-wide social and emotional support for students through funding for the high school's advisory program and for the further development of the middle school's homebase program.

The foundations also strongly support the school's commitment to community, providing money to match student fundraising to meet community needs and for service learning projects and curriculum across the elementary, middle, and high school divisions.

Foundation funding will also support arts and athletic activities, and a large gift from the school's Parent Teacher Association will support the continuation of the popular academic visitors-in-residence program which brings internationally recognized authors, visual artists, illustrators, musicians, playwrights, and directors, and other professionals to work side by side with faculty and students throughout the year.

Chief Advancement Officer Sarah Morris says, "We are grateful for the support of the SAS community -- through their gifts to the two foundations, our students will gain unparalleled learning opportunities next year that we simply could not achieve otherwise. There is an unbelievable amount of pressure on tuition in international schools in Singapore, so philanthropy is going to be what continues to set SAS apart from the rest."

For more information, please contact Sarah Morris at smorris@sas.edu.sg.

About Singapore American School

Singapore American School (SAS) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college preparatory day school offering an US curriculum with an international perspective for students in preschool through grade twelve. SAS has the largest Advanced Placement program outside of the United States, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the US, and offers the American High School Diploma at the senior level. Established in 1956, the school primarily serves the American and international expatriate communities of Singapore. For more information, please visit www.sas.edu.sg or contact the SAS communications office at communications@sas.edu.sg or +65-6360-6031.

Media Contact
Vanessa Spier (vspier@sas.edu.sg)
Director of Strategic Communications
Singapore American School
40 Woodlands Street 41 Singapore 738547

 

Source: Singapore American School