The season of giving is upon us, and it has never felt like a more critical time to support one another. As we face today’s historic moment together, Cherry Hill is committed to being a community resource and doing what we do best: using the history that we steward to give perspective to our present struggles, cultivate empathy and dialog, and enrich the lives of those we serve.
This Giving Tuesday, we hope you will partner with us on a campaign to benefit a core “Cherry Hill” audience: our K-12 school community. With a $5,000 goal, this campaign will fund remote field trips and school programs for underserved students in the Capital Region. Your donation will bring the Cherry Hill experience to up to 1000 students throughout this school year by covering materials, technology, and staff expenses.
We all know how starkly the pandemic and virtual learning have impacted the children and teachers in our families and communities. Teachers face unprecedented challenges in managing educational outcomes, and students desperately need rich educational experiences that make learning meaningful—especially in the economically disadvantaged districts that have been hit hardest by budget cuts.
But there’s more.
School programs provide a critical portion of Historic Cherry Hill’s budget, both through admission fees and corporate support. With COVID-19, both types of support vanished overnight. When schools closed this past March, field trips for the remainder of the year were canceled. Today, even where in-person learning has resumed, field trips and outreach programs remain on hold, all but eliminating 20 percent of our program revenue.
Cherry Hill has nimbly pivoted to virtual programming in order to support students and teachers in their time of crisis. Now we are looking to you—our supportcommunity—to sustain our operations as we press on to fulfill our educational mission.
Whether you give $5 to support a single student, $60 toward staff time, or $125 for a whole class to participate in a virtual program, you’re giving the gifts of knowledge, enthusiasm, and creative play to our students. By supporting Historic Cherry Hill on Giving Tuesday, you’ll be helping to ensure that high-quality museum programs and educational enhancements remain part of the curriculum this year and after.
To support Historic Cherry Hill and local students and teachers, you can make a gift at https://www.historiccherryhill.org/donate/. And if you’re on Facebook, you can donate starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, for a possible match there.
Let’s extend the “giving season” this year and have it last all the way through the school year!