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Campaign for Green Learning Commons and Library Begins Final Push

Sunday, June 1, 2008  
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Alumna and history-making philanthropist Barbara Dodd Anderson ’50 picked up a shovel on Alumni Day, May 10, 2008, to join in the groundbreaking ceremony for George School’s new, green learning commons and Mollie Dodd Anderson Library.

“It was wonderful that Barbara could be present for the ceremonial beginning of this much-needed academic facility,” says Head of School Nancy Starmer. “Due to rising construction prices, the George School Committee made the decision to break ground now in order to lock in a lower price. With $7.2 million raised in our campaign so far, we have made great progress towards our $12.8 million goal, and we are confident that our alumni and parents will support us during the final push of this campaign.”

Encompassing the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library (named after Barbara’s granddaughter), five classrooms, and a learning center, the new academic facility is designed to earn gold-level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The LEED system is the national standard for environmentally friendly building design, construction, and operation.

Various exciting named gift opportunities are still available, including the following:

Commons Room ($500,000)
Here students can check email, meet teachers, have informal conversations, or relax with reading materials and a beverage during a free period. In the evening, the room may be used for activities such as book discussion groups, student club meetings, or presentations by featured speakers.

Library Terrace ($500,000)
The capacious terrace, with a beautiful view of South Lawn and Main, can be used for outdoor reading, informal gatherings, or quiet contemplation.

Classrooms ($100,000 each)
Students and faculty who use the five large classroom spaces will have easy access to the multiple resources of the library.

Fireplace ($100,000) RESERVED
This is one of the various attractive features that will make the building a warm, inviting center of campus life.

Please email Andy Popkin ’83 in the George School Advancement Office or call 215-579-6563 with questions or to make a gift.