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Donors to ZIS play a special role

ZIS Alumni greet each other at a ZISMeets event
Always looking forward, always learning
ZIS Alumni at an ZIS Meets Event
Always looking forward, always learning
Two ZIS Alumni performing at an event
Always looking forward, always learning
Donors to ZIS play a special role

Ceyda Avunduk, Class of 2001 (1989-2001) serves on the John Mattern Alumni Award for Faculty committee and the Building the Future of Learning committee

Why do I give to support ZIS?

My experience at ZIS had a profound effect on me. It’s where I learned to be a global citizen. From taking part in the Model United Nations to being fully supported by the school in my love of competitive tennis, it was unforgettable. I started there at the age of three and went right the way through to graduation. And I want others to have that experience, too. That’s why I chose to donate to the Middle School.

I’ve already been involved with several school projects, such as arranging internships for Upper School students with my startup and giving them a taste of what it’s really like to run your own business. But I feel that the Middle School project is something very special.

Of course, as an alumna of ZIS, I admit to feeling a little sad that the building where I spent my formative years will be going. But the school is growing, and it simply doesn’t fit the existing building anymore. It’s an incredibly inspiring project. When I showed the plans for the new building to my eight-year-old, he was amazed. He said: “Is this really a school?” He was so excited by the fact that all these facilities – a media center, a gym, a maker space area – are right there on campus. Nobody will have to drive to any activities or to any other school building once the new Middle School is complete. To be honest, when I looked at the plans, I felt the same – they were giving me a top 10 US university vibe!

Education and its vital role has always been a big topic in my household – my late grandfather, in particular, was a great advocate for it and that’s stayed with me all my life. My parents, as well, have always been involved with education. So, I thought it was time for me to take that legacy forward. A donation from our family seemed like the right thing to do.

I’m on the committee which is helping the school fundraise for the project and it’s been so satisfying to see that we are so nearly at our target. So, I guess I get to say with confidence that any gift, no matter what size, matters – and will have such a powerful effect. It will enable new generations of children to learn in that supportive but challenging environment, while developing kindness, empathy and an awareness and respect for other cultures and religions. The school has so much to give. There is so much potential there. I’m privileged to be able to help them realize that potential.

Please explore the Middle and Upper School project page, or make a donation to support it.


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