Luke Wants to Go to Prep School
My 13 year old, soon to enter eighth grade son, Luke, is a passionate hockey player. At the age of 4 he was introduced to the game by my late husband Roger. Having made a promise to his dad, he dedicated himself to the sport and has never missed a season since. His perseverance made way for him to receive many awards; and most recently earned him the 2014 - 2015 MVP award.
A few days ago, at a prep school showcase, where our original objective was to prepare for a next-year ninth grade entry, we were presented with a surprisingly unplanned opportunity for Luke to further progress.
I really, really, need your help to raise $60,000 to send Luke to prep school this year. School starts on Sept. 3, 2015.
*** Although, we will be thankful and accept any gift, we are asking that the minimum contribution be $30.00.
Here’s Our Story….
At the showcase, a coach liked Luke’s performance on and off the ice. He asked about his grades and extracurricular activities. The coach made some calls and on August 12, just a few days later, Luke had toured the campus, sat through a 45 minute interview, completed a writing sample and was told by the head hockey coach along with the 8th grade English teacher / 8th grade boys’ dorm parent, that he is a great fit and that, as far as they are concerned, they would love to have him start 8th grade with them this fall at Rumsey Hall School.
School starts in less than three weeks.
The dilemma – the 2015-2016 tuition and fees total $60,000. Tuition deposits are long past due. No additional financial aid is available at this time because it has been allocated to current students, and earlier applicants.
I have been assured that if we come up with the funds this year that Rumsey will make sure that Luke receives ample financial aid next year. Their policy is that no successful returning student is ever turned away if their finances become an issue.
I have to contact the Admissions Office this coming Monday, August 17, and let them know if I am able to pay for the 2015 school year. They have only one vacancy in the eighth grade dorm and they have 10 other boys on the waiting list. By now 66% of the tuition should have been paid. I need your help today, please.
If you could find it in your heart to both make a donation toward the 'Luke Wants to Go to Prep School Fund' and encourage a friend or two or three to donate as well, then we believe we can meet our goal in time to secure Luke’s placement this fall.
As my late husband would always say, "It takes a village". Truth is - Luke and I are really counting on our village to come through for us.
I thank you in advance for not hesitating to support Luke in his endeavor. May God richly bless you and your family in return for your act of love and kindness.
Gwendolyn and Luke
Just a brief update to keep you posted on Luke's progress.
Luke is doing well academically. He finished off his first semester making the Dean's list a second time.
Athletically, he is also thriving. Luke's fall soccer team was 14-0-0. Presently he is on the Varsity Hockey Team. He was excited because he got to keep the number "11", his hockey jersey number for the past 3 years.
We would like to take this time to wish blessings for everyone that has encouraged us by being so generous as to sow into Luke's future, and we look forward to the many others that have pledged to donate.
Keep us in your prayers and we will do the same. Our prayer is that this coming year hold blessings that will overtake you and that you will not have room enough to receive.
Gwendolyn and Luke
It has been a little over three weeks since our last GoFundMe update and the family trip to Rumsey Hall School to drop Luke off to begin this new chapter of his life. This update is to keep everyone abreast of his progress. Luke is faring very well and is off to a wonderful start.
At Rumsey it is customary for students in good standing to be called out during a weekly assembly and told that they made the “Effort List”. Additionally, parents receive a call weekly from their child’s advisor who reports on his/her progress and then every 3rd week or so parent’s receive an emailed report card of their child’s grades.
I received Luke’s first report card yesterday. He passed everything. To be honest though, my first thought was that his grades were lower than what I have grown accustomed to seeing him achieve. Nonetheless, when I considered the huge adjustments he's had to make: not being at home, the added responsibilities of being on his own, juggling soccer team tryouts his first two weeks, and quite simply, acclimating into his new school environment… well, I can’t help but be very proud of him.
I visited with my mom and shared the exciting news. We both rejoiced. Then I called Luke for our nightly 5 minute touch-base so that I could let him know that I was so incredibly proud of him. During the call, I commended him, said he had a great GPA, and told him that he was off to a strong start.
He then, in a whisper, because he was on the dorm phone in a main thoroughfare, said “Oh, I know mom, we were told that the class average was points lower than what I got. I was above average.”
Luke has never ever concerned himself with his GPA. We have never really discussed his grade point average, but I could hear as he shared with me in the whispered voice, that he was proud of himself and really understood that he had reason to be proud.
We thank God that he is doing so well. Also we thank you for your continued support and prayers that he'd continue to do exceedingly, and abundantly, above all he could ask or think.
As mentioned in our last update, if you have not been able to donate but would still like to - no worries - there is still time.
We have reached our halfway point and are really hopeful to meet our goal amount, so any further support is still very appreciated. This post will not be removed until we have determined that all of Luke’s tuition for 2015-2016 has been secured.
Until our next update,
Gwendolyn and Luke
By the time that you read this Luke would have officially completed his first full 24 hours as a boarding - prep school student.
The first question everyone will ask is probably, “How did you guys do?” The answer is, “We “both” did well”. I cried several times during the day, but they were mostly tears of joy. Luke never actually saw me and that’s all that mattered.
I couldn't have done it without his entourage, who I wanted to also publicly thank: Grandma, Auntie Deb, Auntie Pam and Cousin Briahna. Truth is, it was one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do in my life.
Luke however, was ready.
It occurred to me that though it was hard for me, it was the right decision to let him go. Also the thought that all the circumstances of his young life have all the while, unbeknownst to us, been preparing him for this new leg of his life’s journey. When I searched for a picture to add to today’s updates, this was the first one of hundreds in his album that I happened to click on. I thought it was appropriate. It was taken when he was 11.
Though I am so proud of him right now, I know that his dad would be the proudest.
I want to again thank everyone who has sacrificed to help Luke’s prep school dream come to fruition. Your support means more than we could ever express or than you’ll ever know.
If you are reading from our gofundme post for the first time or have not had a chance to donate or share, just know that it is our determination to keep this post until we are certain that all of 2015-2016 tuition and fees have been met. So, as long as this gofundme page is posted, your gift will be a welcomed one. God Bless you.
Four days left before we take Luke to Rumsey to begin his first days at prep school.
Luke has finished his fourth book from the summer reading list for Rumsey 8th grade students and is beginning the fifth and last required reading for the summer.
We have been packing and deciding what he should bring along and what he should keep at home.
Luke will not only play hockey this winter, but has decided to play soccer for the fall and likely lacrosse in the spring.
It's been a wonderful and exciting month full of mixed emotions for me.
I just can't believe that my son - I dare not say baby - has grown so and is really ready for this next opportunity and experience that lies ahead.
Thanks again, to everyone that has given already and to those who have called, texted, or emailed to say that you will soon be added to our list of donors.
We appreciate you one and all.
I will keep everyone posted on his progress as its been your support, donations and prayers that have helped to make Luke's dreams come true.
God bless you!
His father is smiling down on him, and so is our Lord and Saviour!! Allow Him to continue to bless your family in only the way He knows how! Glory be to Gid in the highest!!
Go Luke! Remember all things are possible with God!