The students waiting to be picked up each afternoon will now enjoy a pavilion, thanks to the generosity of the parents of the Class of 2017. The parents earmarked a portion of the Senior Class Gift to go toward the construction of the 10’ by 18’ open-sided facility built at the north end of the parking lot.
The pavilion, installed May 20, offers students a shady retreat from the heat of the late-afternoon sun and a place to find cover from a sudden downpour while waiting to be picked up for their trip home.
The structure is made of stained wood and uses the slate patio, a gift of the Class of 2009, as its floor. It features an overhead light and electrical outlets used primarily for students to charge their communication devices.
Assistant Head of School Dick Wyland says the parents of this year’s graduating seniors wanted to make sure their gift would provide a tangible gift to the student body. “I think the pavilion not only enhances the aesthetics of the parking lot but also provides a real, everyday benefit for the many students who wait at the bottom of the steps for the ride home,” said Mr. Wyland.
This year’s class gift also provided the funds to create the glass-enclosed plaques honoring the Harvey alumni and faculty who served their country in the armed services. The plaques are mounted in the newly named, “Hall of Heroes” located in the hallway linking Sylvan and Carter Halls. A majority of the funds from the class gift is going toward the Harvey endowment which helps secure the school’s future.