An enduring act of philanthropy from the members of our community who have just started to reap the benefits of their transformative Sage Ridge education greeted me as I stepped into the role of Director of Development. My arrival at Sage Ridge happened to coincide with the installation of the Class of 2021 class gift made possible by the following members of the Class of 2021: Brandon Lillaney, Nathaniel Mulvaney, Griffin Lovato, Ben Miller, Jens Emil Clausen, Leila Moassessi, Spencer Uppal, Tessa Méndez Leal, Caleb Briggs, Jared Briggs, Vidhi Pandit, Lillian Johnson, Spencer Abts, Flynn Lundeen, Jilliane Mueller, Isabella Nunez, and Amelie Harvey.
Gillian Bechtel (P ‘21) shared with me that “In January 2021, the senior class parents raised funds for the benches and table in the senior area as a gift from the Class of 2021.” Logan Reeves (‘22) and Gilbert Patterson (‘22) described the area as “welcoming” and expounded on the “chill, refreshing” vibe that can be discovered in this “great place to relax.” Nothing said more about their appreciation for this space than the collective smiles we saw. For a few minutes on a September afternoon, our seniors shrugged off the weight of senior year, chatted in the autumn shade, and deepened their bond.
As Sage Ridge School grows on the 40 acres of land donated by the Redfield Foundation, our needs are expanding, especially with the much-anticipated Student Activity Center and future phases of the AIM campaign. Gifts-in-kind, restricted gifts, and annual fund revenue have gone a long way toward helping to standardize the appearance of the teaching and learning space, procuring school desks, office furniture, sun shades, new floors in Webster and Crossbow, and everything else imaginable to ready our campus for students. There is always more to do as depreciation gives way to renewal.
The class gift from the Class of 2021 ensures that community members will have a place on campus to pursue fellowship and community while taking in the beauty of Reno for years to come.