As a ZIS board member, I’ve had a chance to see first hand exactly why we needed to build a new Middle School. The Villa, of course, was never built to be a school, so while it will be sad to see the students leave, it’s long been clear that we need a new space – somewhere where students have state-of-the-art facilities, where they can have a great learning experience. And building projects have always spoken to me as a philanthropist. When you help to create a building, you are helping to create something which is built to last. It’s a good feeling to know that I am part of that.
ZIS has such a long-standing tradition; the school will still be standing years from now, long after my son has left. I believe it’s there to stay for future generations. The building shows the strength of the school. Creating this new facility demonstrates that we are thinking of the future, not just the short term.
The feeling you have towards your children’s school is very personal. I am trusting this community and these teachers with my most precious belonging – and for that, I’m willing to make a gift. The school is helping to make my child into the person they will be. It makes sense to give back to the institution which has helped my son grow, in order for future generations to profit from that, too.
I would say to any fellow parent considering making a gift, take a step back. Look at the big picture. With any organization, there will always be points you don’t agree with. Think, instead, “Is this the place where I want my children to be? Can I help make it better?” If the answer is yes, then get involved.
ZIS board member since 2017, and parent to Roy in Grade 10.