TJ Heads Into Renovation’s Final Year
Phase II of TJ’s multi-million dollar renovation was completed just before the end of the school year, with the rollout of 27 classrooms, two common areas, Courtyard I and its greenhouse, a serving line, and a lecture hall. While TJ’s summer programs were taking place at Woodson HS for the last time, extensive work began on Phase III, which includes the renovation of the Auditorium, Planetarium, and Gym II, and the construction of the new Performing Arts Wing.
Parents, who have only recently learned to enter the school through its grand Jeffersonian dome, will soon be adjusting to a new campus traffic pattern as the kiss-and-ride area moves to its final location behind the school (above). Additional exterior work completed this summer includes the removal of the back “learning cottages,” extensive road work, and the construction of a new stadium press box and concession stand.
Through the efforts of the entire community, including everyone listed on the 2015-2016 Donor List, the Campaign for TJ has raised over $6 million toward its $8 million goal. Funds already raised have equipped research labs that are the envy of some colleges and provided the cutting-edge technology that powers the entire school. Your generosity has also expanded opportunities for our students and helped to spread STEM know-how through the activities of the hundreds of TJ students involved in outreach. But there is still important work to be done. This year we must raise a portion of the cost of turf fields while continuing to upgrade research instrumentation and outfit newly completed classrooms with the latest technology.
Nothing short of a herculean effort will be required to meet our fundraising targets and fulfill all needs by the time the Campaign closes in December 2017. We need:
- Alumni reunion classes to significantly increase their participation rates, as well as more successful alumni to follow the example set by alumni leadership donors and by Yext, the alumni-founded company that donated $250,000 to sponsor the Computer Systems Lab (see June 2016 issue).
- Parents of the Class of 2020, whom we will soon welcome at our annual Freshman Parent Reception, to exceed the Class of 2019 parents’ excellent freshman-year giving record of $136,000.
- All current and past parents to take full advantage of corporate matching and workplace giving programs.
- Parents to convince relatives and friends, and — most of all — their employers of the importance of supporting TJ.
At TJ, all students graduate with the skills they need to compete and contribute. This is no accident. Parent and alumni support is critical if the school is to maintain its standing as a local, national, and international leader and continue to expand opportunities for our students and others in our community. Your support is a large part of what makes TJ unique, what makes it TJ. Strengthen that support today.