Alumna Katherine Bishop '66 believes that every Dana student should have access to travel programs, regardless of their financial means. In 2018 she established the Global Travel Opportunity Fund that will support travel experiences to Dana Hall students in perpetuity.
The preliminary goal for the fund is $1.5 million. At that level, the fund should generate approximately $60,000 per year, supporting approximately 15 travel opportunities each year for Dana Hall students.
To reach that goal, Katherine Bishop '66 has set up a challenge. She will match and double every gift to The Travel Opportunity Fund. Any contribution you make will have twice the impact.
Example: A donation of $5,000 will become $15,000
Travel is a transformative experience that is a springboard for exploration and adventure that stays with students throughout their personal and professional lives. Dana Hall offers a number of travel programs to students. Recent trips:
Led by Social Studies teacher Heather Panahi, 49 students and faculty members traveled to South Africa for the School’s biennial trip. With a focus on social and environmental justice, the group closely examined the anti-Apartheid struggle, engaged in community service activities and learned about the importance of environmental conservation.
Social Studies teachers Mary Cameron and Alexandra Siemon let a group of 18 students to Athens, Delphi and the Peloponnese in Greece.
World Languages teachers Nicole Wellington and Jacqui Bloomberg guided a group of 12 Latin students to Rome, Pompeii and Tivoli, Italy.
The School is able to fund a few of these trips through its operating budget—in 2019-20, Dana Hall was able to assist six students out of 30 who requested assistance. But most students must pay for travel out of pocket. The average trip costs $4,000.
Those costs are onerous for most Dana families—especially for the significant number of students (more than 100) who receive need-based financial aid from the School.