Family and friends of Canterbury students were welcomed to campus on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 for the annual Parents' Weekend. Guests accompanied their students to classes, practices, and rehearsals to truly experience two full days of life on the hilltop.
In the Language Department, parents were invited to engage in the target language (to the best of their ability!) and participate in classroom discussion while several classes in the Science Department ran fiery experiments with full combustion. Many English Department courses encouraged parent discussion, as well, while their students learned to write and share their own poetry. In tandem with classroom visits, parents and guests were invited to meet for one-on-one conferences with their students' teachers, coaches, and advisors and observe athletic and musical events.
Following Friday's classes, guests were welcomed to the fourth annual Parents' Weekend Benefit in David C. Copley Library. The triumph of the evening was sparked with spirited camaraderie and high energy auction bidding in recognition of and in support of Canterbury's students. The event raised over $159,000, including $75,000 dedicated to The Student Commons, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Mission and Momentum $10MM Challenge Match.
David Kleiweg de Zwaan, guest auctioneer from Christie's New York Auction House, presented the live lots featuring exciting offerings such as a week-long trip to a chateau in the Pyrenees, a priceless private tour of the Glass House Museum, and a coveted reserved parking space at Steele Hall.
"The School is grateful for the many volunteer and gift contributions from parents, alumni, and trustees," noted Director of Advancement Carol Maxwell. "We are so appreciative of their enthusiastic partnership in the success of the event."
The excitement of the Fall Benefit carried over into the weekend even after classes finished as campus transformed into a bustling hub of parents, families, and alumni returning across class years in preparation for Homecoming and the Hall of Fame Ceremony.