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News: 03/15/2017

Donation wall takes shape at Kenwood School



drawing of wall
A rendering of the donation wall (looking down from above) currently under construction at Kenwood School. The wall will be surrounded by new landscaping (not shown).

A new fundraising effort by the Kenwood Education Foundation (KEF) is sprouting from the ground in front of Kenwood School – a donation wall which offers sponsorships for mounted plaques and bricks on the structure’s walkway.

Funding for the wall is coming from the KEF’s endowment fund, and the cost is estimated at $63,000. The endowment fund currently sits at about $430,000.

KEF board members and Kenwood School Superintendent/Principal Bob Bales said they expect the monies generated by wall sponsors will generate at least twice the cost of the wall and maybe more.

“This is a great use of a portion of KEF’s endowment,” said KEF board president Chris Tonelli. “In addition to promising a new source of funding over many years, the wall creates a signature landmark to acknowledge the school’s supporters and the students they are supporting.”

The donation wall was conceptualized to honor students, teachers, community members and businesses. Designed by Kenwood-based landscape architect Don McNair, the concrete wall takes the form of a spiral that rises in height and expands outward from its center near the school’s flagpole. MacNair donated his services to develop the design.

Devincenzi Concrete Construction is doing the actual construction.

In addition to plaques, KEF will also offer engraved bricks that will fill in the walkway around the wall. Monetary levels for plaques and bricks will be announced this spring. For further information on sponsoring a plaque, contact Tonelli at kefinfo@gmail.com.

The KEF was established in 1999 and raises funds to support programs that often have insufficient funding, such as art, music, physical education, computer lab, and library. The KEF holds fundraisers throughout the year, including the Big Heart event in February, which honors individuals and/or businesses that have made a difference in the lives of the community’s youth. Lights, Camera, Auction! is the KEF’s main fundraiser, scheduled for April 22 this year. An annual golf tournament also takes place every year (scheduled for Aug. 4).



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