SPIROL helps
Rectory labs
POMFRET — The SPIROL International Charitable Foundation of Danielson committed $100,000 to Rectory School to renovate the school’s science laboratories and to provide educational resources that will facilitate 21st-century teaching and learning within the science curriculum.
The Campaign for a Century seeks to increase the school’s capacity to provide financial aid to highly qualified applicants, to construct a new dormitory on campus, to renovate and expand athletic facilities, and to optimize learning spaces in the John B. Bigelow Academic Center.
The SPIROL International Charitable Foundation grant will help achieve the optimization of learning spaces, central to the Centennial Campaign, by providing the funding to make Rectory’s science labs more dynamic and conducive to scientific study. The renovation project, slated to finish this summer, will add space to each lab, and new, multi-purpose furniture will afford better opportunities for collaboration among students and faculty. The purchase of scientific-educational resources will increase the number of experiments Rectory students can perform each year by a factor of four, allowing Rectory’s science faculty to cultivate in their students’ passion and proficiency in scientific study. (More at putnamtowncrier.com on Wednesday night)
Head of School Fred Williams describes the campaign as, “a transformative effort that will impact all aspects of a student’s school experience and propel Rectory into the second century of academic distinction.”
Rectory School is in the midst of its Centennial Campaign. As part of the school’s commemoration of 100 years of educational excellence since its founding in 1920, it is embarking on an ambitious effort to adapt its campus to the evolving needs of today’s students.
On the impact of SPIROL International Charitable Foundation’s gift, Williams said, “The SPIROL International Charitable Foundation’s support has surely increased the influence scientific study will play as our students exercise their natural inquisitiveness, develop passions, and pursue lives of promise and purpose.” Rectory School extends its gratitude to the people at SPIROL who made this gift possible, and it looks forward to nurturing future leaders in science and technology who may one day form the foundation of the next generation of the SPIROL-Rectory School partnership.
Rectory, SPIROL International Charitable Foundation chairperson and Rectory alumnus, Jeff Koehl said: “The passion, enthusiasm, and dedication that Rectory has to provide a quality educational experience for students are commendable. We look forward to continuing our long history with Rectory School, celebrating Rectory’s continued success, and, through the renovation of the laboratories, supporting the scientists of tomorrow.” This gift will have an immediate and transformational impact on the student experience at Rectory School.
Both SPIROL and Rectory School have long histories serving the community of northeastern Connecticut, and the two institutions enjoy a relationship that spans several generations. That relationship will continue to grow and prosper for generations to come thanks to SPIROL’s generosity and Rectory’s mission to provide holistic instruction to its students guided by best-practices.


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