Why I give?
Donor Stories from Young Alums
JARRETT MATHIS '04
Some of the best moments of my life occurred under the Mountain! At Berkshire, I had the opportunity to meet life-long friends and receive a top-notch education. I also had an amazing time playing basketball under Coach Peter Kinne. Not only did I love every minute of it, but it prepared me to be a Division One Athlete.
Berkshire is such a special place. Even to this day, I am struck by how everyone was so warm and encouraging. Their support is what gave me the confidence to get involved in Student Government and the Diversity Club. Those experiences changed my life. Since I graduated, I continue to visit campus because the faculty helped me to become the person that I am today. I continue to donate because I want future students to have the same experience I had.
MICHAEL GUTENPLAN '99
I participate in Berkshire's Annual Fund because it's a way for me to give back to the school that gave me so much. It's my way of honoring the teachers, staff, and history of my favorite place!
SELINA SUN '10
My years at Berkshire were some of the best of my life. I give back because Berkshire gave so much to me; friends, family and memories I’ll cherish and keep with me forever. The least I can do is give back to such wonderful place that has truly been my second home.
TRACI HINDEN '98
It may be cliche, but Berkshire truly made me who I am today. I give back because I'd like for that tradition to be kept alive for future generations.
ELIZABETH BENEDICT '12
I am so thankful that during my most impressionable years I was surrounded by countless inspiring teachers, dedicated coaches, and true friends. It was at Berkshire that I learned that value of hard work, responsibility, and friendship and that is why I give back.”
KELLY WALLACE '09
I wouldn't be where I am today without the support and guidance from the faculty and staff at Berkshire School. Berkshire's competitive academic and athletic platform set me up to be a successful student-athlete at a Northeastern University. In addition, Berkshire shaped my character and through that, I strive to live graciously everyday. I find there is no better way to show my appreciation than to give back to Berkshire each year. Show your support during the Face off!” (Kelly is a semi-finalist for the BNY Hockey Humanitarian and John Wooden Citizenship Cup - good luck!)
JAVIER WINNIK '96
Coming from the Lower East Side of New York, the life I enjoyed at Berkshire was a much needed change of pace. I was free while at Berkshire, and hope that my children will have the opportunity to learn and grow and be just as free when their time comes.
DAVID SCHLANSKY '04
I think about the 4 years I spent at Berkshire all the time. At first it was tough to leave home at the age of 13, but the academic and athletic culture of the school made it easy and enjoyable to adapt. Having a structured schedule really benefited me and set me up for success in college.
The friends I made at Berkshire are still my friends today and whenever I think about the silly and ridiculous stuff we did in our spare time, it makes me laugh and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.
I head back once a year and am really looking forward to my 10 year reunion this summer! I give back to Berkshire because it’s an important part of who I am and I hope others will experience the same.
KATHRYN HOLLISTER '04
Even 10 years after graduating, Berkshire touches my everyday life -- quite literally. Some of my closest friends are Berkshire alums; I often look back on things I learned in the classroom or experienced on campus; and, in recent years, I've relied on former teachers, mentors and others in the Berkshire community for professional advice. Giving back, even if only a small amount, is the least I can do!
ALEX HANCOCK '06
My memories of Berkshire are among the best in my life. Some of my favorites include Mrs. MacKenzie's brownies at Saturday night check-in, Mr. Merrill's entertaining Latin classes, squash matches, crew races, lazy Sunday movie marathons and thrilling debates in AP American Government. Not to mention the beautiful campus, the lasting friendships I made and the supportive teachers I had. This is why I give back."
ALLISON LETOURNEAU '07
Berkshire set the foundation for the most formative years of my life and for any success I achieved after high school. It was a place where I could take risks knowing that I would always be supported. And, every once in a while, that risk turned into a life-changing experience. That's what Berkshire is all about.
I give back to a place that changed my life; a place that led me to discover my talents and aspirations; a place that taught me to live graciously and to take pride in my character; a place that so adequately prepared me for life's challenges; and more importantly, a place that led me to relationships that I will have for the rest of my life.
I truly cannot imagine my life without Berkshire.
SHANNON RAYNIECE BROWN '10
Berkshire School exposed me to so many great opportunities. I was able to embrace my love for the arts by participating in studio art, photography, digital art, dance and choreography. As a result, I am now pursuing a career in Fashion Design.
ABBY TUFTS '08
I give to Berkshire because the people there gave me the foundation to pursue my dreams. I already knew what I wanted to do with my life, but Berkshire provided me with the support and structure I needed to be confident and to fulfill my lifelong goal. I am fortunate that I had people like R.G. Meade and Dr. Norm Merrill in my life, pushing me every day to learn and grow. Berkshire took a chance on me and I am thankful to be part of this wonderful community.