In March 2015, we initiated A Brave Future Capital Campaign with the vision to make significant investments in programs and our facilities. A Brave Future Campaign is focused on enhancements in three areas:
- Enhancing the Learning Environment
- Deepening the Community Experience
- Promoting Physical Fitness and Wellness
After two years of seeking leadership and major gifts in the quiet phase of the campaign and a public launch in the Spring of 2017, we are thrilled to share that we have been blessed with nearly $10 million in gifts and pledges to date. As we have visited with families, individuals, and foundations, we have encountered overwhelming support for our projects and consistently experienced donors stretching to make the largest gifts that they have ever made!
The generous support that we have already received has allowed us to achieve several key priorities from the campaign. In September 2015, we completed the installation of lights on Mickey Naish athletic field, enabling our dream of hosting home games “under the lights” and countless more practices conveniently on our campus. Through the early support of the campaign, we have also been able to update and modernize all the desks and furniture through all the classrooms in our building, a more dynamic and collaborative learning environment.
Summer 2017 brought more improvements to our campus thanks to the generous support of the campaign. A second floor was added to the existing Ernie Rose Activities Center and now houses brand new boys and girls locker rooms, a PE classroom, athletic offices, a cardio/fitness room and a sports medicine/training room. We have also fully replaced our 63 year old boiler and heating system, converting to an energy efficient hot water system with new boilers, piping and unit ventilators in each room.
This summer, our campus experienced exciting change and expansion through updates to our choir room and the building of the brand new Norcliffe Student Commons. Formerly a dated and underutilized space, the BBHS choir room is now a premier space for our talented student vocalists. A cornerstone of the campaign, the Brave Community is now fully enjoying the Norcliffe Student Commons. The addition of a glass atrium and additional seating, Brave Café with espresso and snacks, and a new multi-purpose meeting space culminate in a commons that deepens the community experience at BBHS!
Through the end of this year, we will continue engaging all parents, alumni and friends with the opportunity to join the effort to improve our programs and facilities. We are focused on securing the widest support of our full community and committing to additional projects to be implemented in the summer of 2019, one of which is creating particularly a beautified quad to better serve our community. The Jim Pinsoneault Quad will also serve as a home for a special recognition space to honor Father Gordon Douglas, our long-time chaplain from 1972-2010.
We are so very grateful to the over 500 donors who have already helped us already surpass many fundraising records in school history! We look forward to inviting the support of many more in the community in the coming months to help us complete A Brave Future!