Message from Faith Hays, past parent '17
My son Noah loves Oliverian. Every year, as we prepared to go back to school in the fall he could not wait to be back in that environment where he was encouraged to be exactly who he was. I am forever thankful for the teachers that have a profound commitment for the "square-peg" children that do not fit in the round hole. I still do not know how to express the depth of my gratitude for the love and acceptance that they provided Noah for 4 years.
Without exaggeration or pretense, I can honestly say that I have no idea what I would have done without Oliverian. I cried in the Parents Meeting the day that I dropped Noah off to start his first year because it takes a village, and we finally found it. Noah had such a long history of being unsuccessful in school-either academically or behaviorally, that he had no awareness of what he had to offer the world. Sitting in the Parent Meeting on that Thursday in September 2013, I heard the same kinds of stories from the other parents and I knew that we were in the right place.
Noah graduated on June 4th, 2017. At Oliverian, he learned service-how to chop wood, he learned leadership-he was captain of the soccer team, he learned expression-that he was gifted in sculpting, he learned endurance-how to start a fire and other basic survival skills. He went on a school sponsored mission trip to Honduras where he pulled a cavity-ridden tooth out of the mouth of a child. He travelled to Italy where he experienced history. He earned the very first Student of the Month award in 2015.He attended the Harvard Model Congress, where he had the experience of how our government works. During his senior year, he felt that the students deserved more of a voice, and worked to establish a Student Council. It did not work out for long, but he experienced so much about life in that failure. His culminating success was earning the Service Award during graduation weekend-and everyone in our family was in tears hearing how he contributed to his community.
None of this would have been possible without the Scholarship program. It has been just Noah and I his whole life. When I decided to send Noah to Oliverian, I had no idea how I was going to be able to commit to paying for the school for 4 years. The Scholarship program bridged the gap. There is no question of the value of an Oliverian education, however many families cannot afford the whole tuition.
I am writing this letter to request, even implore that you contribute what you can to the Scholarship Fund at Oliverian so that other students like Noah will have the encouragement to be exactly who they are.
Faith Hays, past parent '17