To promote inclusivity and increase our ability to support HCHS, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that beginning in December 2020, we are doing away with membership dues, and all alumnae/i of Hunter College High School are now members of the Alumnae/i Association! Expanding membership in the Alumnae/i Association allows us to increase career and networking-focused initiatives to support the alumnae/i body and provides greater opportunity to connect with HCHS in a meaningful way. To activate your membership, please visit https://hchsaa.org/register/ make an account today and begin taking advantage of the resources on our site! Current members, we have asked you by email to consider allowing us to keep your dues as a tax-deductible contribution to HCHSAA, and we gratefully thank all of you who have allowed us to do so. Log into our directory and stay connected by updating your information so that you can search for your classmates and others can find you.
If you did not get a chance to support us on Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to HCHSAA before the last day of our fiscal year on June 30, 2021. Gifts to HCHSAA can be allocated among our three overarching priorities: General Operating Support, Promoting Diversity, and the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Please click here for further detail on these priorities.
Thanks to support from alums, our recent grants to HCHS have included:
- In 2018-2019: Over $150,000 disbursed in grants to support students by providing laptops, health, physical education, and athletics materials, underwriting tournament costs for the Debate Team and the Robotics Club, providing visiting artists, and underwriting attendance at the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. In addition, grants allowed faculty and staff to attend the NAIS People of Color Conference, as well as conferences hosted by the Hallways and Peer Leadership Programs.
- In 2019-2020: Over $140,000 disbursed in grants including test prep for academically advanced students from low-income neighborhoods and racially isolated schools through the Exam Schools Partnership Initiative, and gifts to support facilities upgrades, the art and music program, science equipment, the foreign language department, and the school yearbook.
- In 2020: Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning, over $75,000 disbursed to address challenges of online access, including eBook licenses so that students could have concurrent access to required texts, faculty wellness programs, visiting online artists, diversity committee internships to current students whose summer jobs were canceled, and resources that have been used to help create a safe and equitable learning environment throughout this year.
Contributions of any amount are gratefully received and will help us better serve HCHS and its students in this difficult time. Donors who give $125 or more by December 31, 2020 will be recognized in our February issue of AlumNotes. Gifts of $1,000 or more ($500 if this is your Milestone Reunion year or you are within five years of graduating) will also make you a member of the Purple Society, including an invitation to our annual Purple Society spring reception. Please make your gift today!