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A Day of Gratitude: Saint Andrew’s School Celebrates Founders Day and 60th Anniversary Kickoff

The Saint Andrew’s community came together today, in person at Henderson Hall and via livestream on YouTube, to commemorate and honor the vision, tenacity, and inspiration that 60 years ago formed this grand institution of learning.

The ceremony marked a convergence of many celebrations, including the rededication of Henderson Hall and Parker Library; dedication of the Charles Family Reading Center; landmark updates to Building 6 classrooms and other facilities; and the presentation of the 60th Anniversary flag. 

Head of School Ethan Shapiro opened the ceremony with a remark about the serendipity of the fact that September 21 is also World Gratitude Day. 

“We are deeply thankful for all of the people who came before us and have made this school what it is,” said Shapiro. “We are also grateful for the people who are currently working to keep this school striving toward its mission of excellence in delivering education in Mind, Body, and 
Spirit.”

The ceremony took place in the Charles Family Reading Center with a processional to a bagpipe serenade. The event included prayers, song selections, a blessing of the buildings, and remarks by Board of Trustee Chair Michael Goodman ’89, who thanked the school community for enriching his life and being his extended family when he was a student. 

Shapiro recognized members of the school community who continue to move Saint Andrew’s toward its vision, including Melissa and Howard Parker ’76 who were original donors of the library; Ken and Lisa Charles for the Charles Family Reading Center; Chris and Carrie Shumway and Michael and Amy Goodman for their deep commitment to improve Building 6 classrooms; former Board Chair and Trustee Steve Shapiro and his wife Liz for their profound dedication to seeing the Master Campus Plan come to fruition; and Trustee Mike Zammiello for his leadership on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Click here to view photos from the ceremony. 

September 21 marks a year of celebration! Learn more about future 60th Anniversary events here.
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