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the blue & white fund

CELEBRATING 186 YEARS OF EDUCATION


You support our young men, you recognize their potential, and you believe in the future they are building by attending GRA. Thank you for supporting The Blue & White Fund, GRA's annual giving program, which provides critical support for every aspect of the student experience at GRA.

Who?

Friends of GRA, faculty, staff, current parents, alumni, businesses, organizations, foundations, and...You!

What?

Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of the Academy’s annual operating expenses. Donations support the many features that make our campus a home including student life programming, financial/scholarship assistance, athletics, faculty professional development, facility maintenance, and, often an area of greatest need during a given school year.

When?

Each year, the Blue & White Fund begins on July 1st, and ends at midnight on June 30th. GRA is actively fundraising as we speak to surpass its goal of $225,000 by Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Where?

Donations to the Blue & White Fund can be made by calling 440-275-2811 x234, emailing kristen.kitchen@grandriver.org, or making a donation directly.

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Why?

Celebrating 186 years of education since our founding in 1831, the traditions of Grand River Academy remain strong. Most importantly, the tradition of investing in our students’ lives and their futures is still GRA’s guiding mission. We, as the GRA family, are here to help each young man as he moves forward in his personal journey – academically, emotionally and socially. As each student graduates, it becomes evident there is a significant connection they ultimately share – discovering their potential while at GRA. Each young man has the opportunity to truly be himself, while experiencing the sense of community that only GRA can provide.

We ask that you kindly consider a gift to support the mission of GRA, its students, its faculty, and its future.

Remember, today is the day you can make a difference.


The Blue & White Fund, GRA's annual giving program, provides critical support for every aspect of the student experience at GRA.

Why GRA

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A NOTE FROM THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE

Dear GRA Family:

Yes, the snowflakes were falling fast and heavy that fateful day. The temperature was a tropical eighteen degrees. And my feet were cold, despite the hearty winter boots that I was wearing. However, I never felt more warmth than when I stepped into Armington Hall on February 4, 2013.

On that day, I began my role as Director of Advancement at Grand River Academy and I experienced what I believe many members of the GRA family have experienced – a sense of community. Not only was I greeted by staff and faculty, but I was also welcomed by individual students who literally just stopped by to introduce themselves.

Speaking with these future GRA graduates, I learned far more than any orientation or historical outline could offer me. I learned about their favorite courses, their preferred activities, their hometowns, their families and what their goals were after graduation.

Now, over three years later, I continue to be amazed by our students. And I am humbled at the significant strides we have made collectively as a community. With the various constituents of our school – from our faculty and staff, to our alumni, their parents and our current families, to the long-time friends of GRA and our local community – we have increased volunteerism, established new school events and fundraisers, and surpassed our annual fund goals.

As we expand our advancement programming and build the capacity of The Blue & White Fund this school year, please anticipate various means of communication from the Advancement Team. We want you to be aware of the incredible things happening at Grand River Academy and how you can be involved!

Gratefully,

Kristen Kitchen
Director of Advancement
440-275-2811 x234
kristen.kitchen@grandriver.org
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