//Community Support Fund
In 2020, we launched the Laurence Community Support Fund to provide funding for the myriad of expenses associated with operating virtually, and then in-person, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remote learning required one-to-one technology devices, musical instruments, sports equipment, art supplies, and more for each and every student. We also enhanced our technology infrastructure and WiFi, as well as added Owl cameras to each classroom, to support our ability to deliver a Laurence education to Laurence students on and off campus throughout the pandemic.
At the same time, getting our campus ready for safe, on-campus learning that could accommodate all of our students required the creation of temporary indoor and outdoor classroom space, requiring the school to purchase additional Smartboards and furniture, as well as acquire modular buildings and tents. In addition, Laurence provided the highest quality PPE to its faculty and staff, conducted regular COVID testing for students and all employees, implemented enhanced hygiene and cleaning procedures, and upgraded air filtration systems.
The pandemic also impacted many of our families financially, requiring Laurence to provide financial assistance on top of what had been budgeted to ensure that every member of our community could stay.
The Laurence Community Support Fund has been critical in supporting all of these extra expenses, as well as making up for revenue lost due to the pandemic (e.g., from Summer Camp and Afterschool Enrichment, as well as from cancelling our 2020 Spring Event & Auction and multiple Party Book events).
The Support Fund is critical in helping to cover these costs, while supporting ongoing expenses.
We are so grateful for everyone who has supported this fund!