Sustainability at Park Tudor School

By Doug Allen, Director of Development

Park Tudor Blogs readers are committed to education and to good schools. Park Tudor, however, has goals and aspirations to be not just a good school, but a great school. These higher expectations come internally from the school’s own mission, vision, and values, and also externally from the investments that alumni and parents have made as gifts and tuition. As the saying goes, and it is as true of schools as it is of people, “[T]o whom much is given, much will be required.”

For Park Tudor to be a great school, the school must be sustainable. Park Tudor’s Strategic Plan, PT2020, highlights sustainability as a goal “to ensure that Park Tudor can withstand and adapt to any shift in the financial, environmental, or programmatic landscape, long into the future.” Park Tudor will achieve this goal by being responsible and thoughtful in using its resources, but also by staying connected to the community and drawing strength, wisdom, and perspective from those connections. Beyond simply “withstanding and adapting” to the changing world, Park Tudor aspires to have its students and graduates lead and create and contribute positively to the world. And, since the most compelling and memorable teaching is done by example, Park Tudor will inspire these values in students by showing and living that same character – by leading and contributing and giving.

One of the most inspiring and energizing parts of a healthy school is the work done by the students, faculty, staff, and parents who look beyond themselves and find ways to use what they have learned to contribute to the greater good. The Development and Alumni Relations Department is fortunate to see this work going on throughout the classroom, campus, and community. So many students donate their time and energy to help others, in organizations like Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, Pack Away Hunger, and Riley Hospital. Faculty volunteer their time and expertise with charities and share that excitement with their students through organizations like Horizons and the First Baptist Church Food Pantry, and many others. Parents and staff serve on boards and help lead the philanthropic efforts in Indianapolis and beyond, at places like The Mind Trust, Goodwill, and the Children’s Museum. These connections and examples support the foundation for the Community Engaged Learning initiatives that will keep Park Tudor a great school.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Again, what is true for people is true for schools: Park Tudor is dependent on the generosity of the community, and so it must be generous to the community. The values we encourage in our students and graduates – to be kind, to be generous, to look for ways to help – are the same habits as a school that Park Tudor must model, and are the values that will earn Park Tudor the resources it needs to remain the strong and vital place we know and cherish.

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