VVS Celebrates 70 – Jump on the Bus!August 16, 2017
We would like to introduce you to Verde Valley School‘s 70th Anniversary logo! We will be using this logo all year, celebrating 7 generations of vibrant and diverse alumni, passionate and creative faculty, intercultural immersion and rigorous, experiential learning. We are honored and proud to continue the legacy and principles first established in 1947 when Hamilton and Barbara Warren welcomed their first five students to campus! That’s right we still live by the same five principles: The Value of Physical Labor, Academic Excellence, The Value of World Citizenship, Service to Others, and Environmental Stewardship.
For our 70th YEAR we have established 7 GOALS to guide our engagement and development, as well as 7 ACTIONS for YOU as ALUMNI to engage in. Just like when you jumped on the bus for Field Trips, we hope you will join us in celebrating 70 years by jumping on the bus to get involved! Keep an eye out as we introduce you to each goal and associated action, and look forward to a fun and generative 70th year with VVS!
“CELEBRATE 70 years”
…Emphasis on celebrate! What better way than to “Join a Party” with other alumni! This year the VVS Team will be celebrating in Boulder, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Diego, LA and Boston! Let us know if you can join us in one of these cities. Mark your calendars: June 9th, 2018 we will be hosting a BIG 70th Anniversary bash on campus for Alumni Reunion! #VVSCelebrates70#JoinAVVSParty
We want to celebrate this year with YOU (and 70 more)! This year we are reconnecting with our VVS Class Agents and focusing our outreach and appreciation for each GENERATION (decade) starting with our 2010 alums in August, working through the year and generations, and culminating with our 1940s alums in June. On June 8-10 join us back on campus to celebrate together the founding year and 70th birthday of Verde Valley School! Call your friends and make the journey back home to the desert next June! Make sure you’re on our email list for quarterly newsletters to get alumni updates, national alumni party schedules, and fun VVS stories! Summer Newsletter hits inboxes early September! (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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“GROW the goods”!
Thank you to ALL of our donors! We have been receiving a consistent stream of gifts of all sizes and shapes this year from a horse and a new tractor to a solar-powered greenhouse and a renovated gym! Monetary gifts came in from $5 to $100,000+ through foundations, sponsorships, matching gifts, loose change, stock contributions, monthly subscribers, in-person donors, annual fund participation, events and more! EVERY PENNY TRULY counts! Find new ways to give back to VVS to move us from alive to THRIVE.
LEAVE A LEGACY – order a brick to be placed in the VVS Chapel floor along with many others who have left their tidings (https://www.bricksrus.com/order/vvs/) #VVSCelebrates70 #GrowTheGoods #GiveAGift #BeeTheChange #VVSAnnualFund #BuyABrick
“HONOR our history”
Paul Amadio always says, “It started as a love story” between Hamilton and Barbara Warren who dreamed of an intercultural learning institution grounded in mutual respect and hard work. For 70 years VVS has been home to nearly 4,000 students – now alumni – with endless stories and connections, some wildly different and many eerily similar. We want to hear and honor YOUR VVS experience and history. Check out the VVS Storyteller Series and sit down for your interview at an upcoming alumni event, engage on Verde Valley School social media, or write us a note #VVSCelebrates70 #HonorOurHistory #ShareYourVVS #AlumniAppreciation #AttitudeOfGratitude #IfMyLaborWillServeYou
“PARTNER with community”
Let’s share the principles and mission of Verde Valley School with ALL. Let’s celebrate how we do education and community VVS style, and partner with others in our community who want to support us to be here for the next 70 years! Partner with us to amplify our effect and multiple our visibility. Share our ethos, history and programs with others who may be interested in “Jumping on the Bus” to support VVS!
Did you know we partner with the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon Lions Club and Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks for international programing and local service projects? Did you know that we are building summer legacy programs that align with our mission to add viable revenue streams and visibility to the campus such as the Sedona Summer Colony ? Did you know that we have matching gifts programs with Disney, Microsoft and more? Did you know that we visit the Hopi reservation several times a year? Do you know we grow, pack and deliver nutritious food for food insecure families in our area with the Yavapai Food Council ? Do you know that we bring in external professionals to lead a 10 day Project Period on campus? We want to partner with you, for us to learn from you and you from us!
“SHAPE the future”
Everyone who has spent nights with the red dirt and dark skies of Verde Valley School has felt the effects of strong mentors. From the theater to the classroom, the Farm to the sports programs, we mentor one another here at VVS every day (and the connections and mentorships extend throughout the alumni community today). LET US KNOW if you have wisdom to pass on – a trade, connection, space or experience you would like to share with a VVS student, recent grad or other alumni: email@example.com or connect through LinkIn
#VVSCelebrates70 #ShapeTheFuture #BeAMentor # BeAPArtner #MakeAGift #ShowYourVVSPRide #ShareYourStory #CallYourFriends #JoinAPArty