The Harbor Fund
What it's all About
It's all about the children -- the bright, creative, enthusiastic young
members of the Harbor community. The children are why the teachers come
to work in the morning with smiles on their faces, why parents become so
engaged in the life of the school, and why Harbor's founders took the bold step
of starting a new school in 1958.
In keeping with the school’s mission, "Harbor cherishes childhood,
cultivates wonder and inspires confident learners and leaders,” Harbor Country
Day aims to provide its students an education not available elsewhere. The
purpose of The Harbor Fund is to help Harbor Country Day School to better serve
Why the Harbor Fund exists
The cost to educate your child at Harbor Country Day School is far greater
than the tuition Harbor charges. The same is true at every independent
school. Many schools, however, can turn to income produced by their
endowments to supplement tuition. Harbor's endowment, though growing, is
Thus Harbor, like every independent school, relies on annual gifts intended
for general purposes to help complete the funding of its programs. (See links
below for some samples from sister schools on Long Island). Aside from the Harbor Fund, other
sources include income from Harbor’s Summer Camp and Workshops program and budding
The Harbor Fund, which is raised and completely expended each year, is made
up exclusively of these annual gifts from you and other members of the Harbor
What the Harbor Fund pays for
Contributions to the Harbor Fund support the core budget of the school,
which involves every aspect of the school’s program. The Harbor Fund
allows the school to do more than would otherwise be possible. It
enhances teachers’ salaries, technology, athletics, special events, financial
aid, and faculty professional development. It helps to provide school supplies, software for
classrooms, basketballs, library books, power and light, fuel oil, and upkeep
on Harbor’s historic school home. The list goes on and on.
Because Harbor is non-profit, every dollar goes toward the school and program.
The bigger the Harbor Fund, the more that’s possible.
The Harbor Family
Ask people what makes Harbor special, and you hear replies like these:
"The school is challenging yet nurturing." "Nothing else
challenged me - not high school or college - the way Harbor did."
"I was as close to my eighth grade classmates as I am to my brother and
sister." "It's safe." "It's a home away from
Students, parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, alumni, parents of alumni,
and trustees are all part of the Harbor family. Many Harbor students start in Nursery and continue right
through to graduation from Eighth Grade. That's eleven years of the Harbor
experience - longer than students will spend in any other educational setting.
This rich, well-rounded experience shapes young lives, not only in our
students' academic knowledge and habits, but also in their character, their
confidence, and their skills at living and working with others.
The Harbor Fund — Participate!
The Harbor Fund is the cornerstone of the school’s fundraising efforts. It is the annual giving fund; a gift to
the Harbor Fund shows your commitment to the education of your child and to Harbor’s
continued growth and improvement of program. Harbor invites every member of the school community - the
parents of children currently enrolled, graduates from each year, the parents
of graduates, the grandparents of current and past students - to join in
support of the Harbor Fund.
Give what you can afford; gifts of any size are welcome and
appreciated. Every gift makes a
difference. They all add up and they
all count toward overall participation. Whether you choose to become a
member of the Green and White Club, the Founders' Circle, or some level in
between, your generosity and your support are valued.
Participation is important! Your participation in The Harbor Fund
shows not only your support for the Harbor Country Day of the present, but also
your expectation that an even stronger Harbor will continue long into the
East Woods School
For more information about giving to the Harbor Fund, please contact Sally
Dessart, Director of Development, at (631) 584-5555 or