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February 9, 2017

As I write to you today, the 43-acre campus is enveloped in a coat of white snow that enhances the beauty of this extraordinary campus that Stephen Girard bequeathed to us. The students received a rare “snow day” which allowed them to release some of the built-up energy that typically is created during the long, grey days of winter.

The peacefulness of the campus provides an opportunity to reflect on the great privilege bestowed on those of us who are entrusted with the care and education of the talented students who are the benefactors of our founder’s largess. Is there any higher calling?

The adults who work at Girard College take these responsibilities seriously, which is why in the midst of the snow storm our security guards continue to stand as sentries at the gate; our dining service staff make their way in to ensure that our boarding students are fed; our building engineers maintain the utilities that supply the appropriate climate in buildings that are always occupied; our grounds-keeping staff clears the roadways and sidewalks making them passable and safe; and our residential staff hunkers down with the students to ensure they have some fun and accomplish some school work. This might even include using their Chromebooks to work on an assignment electronically shared by one of the homebound teachers to ensure that a full day of education is not lost.

As the old African proverb states: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Today, was a poignant reminder of how true that statement really is.

Hail Girard!


Clarence D. Armbrister

Girard College is pleased to hold memberships in several key educational organizations:




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