Mackenzie is the future. Support her Senior Year

Can you help support this most pivotal year?

*UPDATE - please read*
On Wednesday, while in a virtual meeting, we were zoom bombed.
Multiple people entered the space, and began spewing the “n-word” playing a song with the lyrics “I hate n-words” over and over again. Their avatars were of the KKK and the White Knights, and they were alternating unmuting themselves so quickly, we couldn’t keep up and get them out fast enough. The meeting had to be shut down. We’ve had NO response from Zoom. None.

My daughter, Mackenzie, heard and saw it all. Every bit.
It was hurtful. It was shameful. It was a reminder of why it is so crucial that she be as well equipped as possible to, not only navigate the world, but to combat the type of vitriol she witnessed in that meeting.

Education is key, tantamount to her success. Please continue to share, help spread the word. We need you.

We are so overwhelmed by, and grateful for the outpouring of support. With your help, we have made Mackenzie's second payment of $11,000. Please continue to support and to share! Sharing is key. Mackenzie and I are eternally grateful for YOU. Our village is growing. When she walks across that stage next year, it will be because of you. Thank you.

Original Story
Covid-19 abruptly, unexpectedly changed life as we know it. Like so many of you, we were tremendously affected by the fallout of this pandemic. One of the most drastic challenges has been to ensure that Mackenzie still receives a good education, in this most crucial year of high school. As a high school junior, Mackenzie's expectations were shattered.

Her School District, like so many others, shuttered. They had no plan in place for effective Distance Learning. It took nearly a month for the district to open up their distance learning "school". The entire second semester has been moved to a pass/fail grading system, and Mackenzie, an A/B student, will not receive true credit for her diligence and hard work. Many of her teachers have given up the attempt to teach within their discipline, and have gone to a bare minimum approach in order to "pass" their students. Mackenzie sat for her virtual AP exams, equipped with only the preparation that we were able to do ourselves. No support from the school or district was available. 
Mackenzie has also not had the opportunity to sit for the SAT's, as they have been continuously postponed. 

It has already been indicated that they anticipate either not returning to school, in the fall, or returning at limited capacity, with students attending on a staggered basis, 1 - 2 days, per week. I do not wish to condemn the school or district. I recognize the greater challenges our public schools faced, in light of Covid-19. Still, because of their inability to introduce a viable distance learning system, we have little faith that her senior year will be any more productive. 

As a mother, my main concern is that my daughter grows up happy, healthy, and whole. That includes her education. Because of our great concern regarding her Senior Year of high school, and preparation for college, Mackenzie and I began researching other options, including private and small boarding schools, who have introduced well run, organized, efficient and effective distance learning programs, and who also, the boarding schools in particular, have a greater likelihood of returning to some semblance of normalcy, in the fall.

During this process, we discovered a small, well respected boarding school. It is a 100 student boarding school in CA. Through research, talking with administration, teachers, students, and alumni, we decided that this school would be a beautiful fit for Mackenzie, and would provide the learning experience that we fear she will not have in the public school system next year, due to Covid-19. Because they are so small, there is about a 90% chance that they will be able to open, at full capacity, in the fall of 2020. Mackenzie has boarding school experience, having spent her freshman year in boarding school. I know that she will thrive.

Mackenzie completed the application process, and was admitted to the class of 2021.

Now for the challenge: Due to Covid-19, Mackenzie’s new school experienced a reduction in financial support, while increasing the aid for many of their current students. Mackenzie was offered a Financial Aid package, however it only covers 40% of the tuition and fees. 

This is where we are asking for your help. As many of you know, I work in the entertainment industry, which has shuttered. While I am committing much of my savings to fund this endeavor, it is not enough. I humbly ask for your support. 

It is not easy for me to ask but Mackenzie's well being and future is worth more than my pride. So, I am asking.

With warm regards,


  • Cecile Thalley 
    • $15 
    • 3 d
  • Denise LaPointe 
    • $150 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 9 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
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Sara Williams 
Berkeley, CA
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