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Celebrate Bush 2021: We Are Bush

We Are Bush on Saturday, March 6, 2021 was an incredibly inspiring display of connection, commitment, and gratitude. Every year, Celebrate Bush is an opportunity to strengthen our community by supporting one another. Thank you to those who joined us for the livestream event, helped out with a class art project, donated to Raise the Paddle, or Shared the Love with faculty and staff. We are grateful to you for showing up and holding up the Bush community! Together, this is what we accomplished:

$479,962 (and counting) for financial aid
Ninth Grade $30,000 challenge match - a huge success
414 households joined the live stream
18 sponsorships totaled $45,500
46 alumni attended
$25,330 in support of Share the Love
186 Share the Love notes submitted
315 messages of Blazer pride and support during the live event

We are so proud to be part of this compassionate and diverse community. We would like to especially recognize the We Are Bush Co-Chairs Kate Bayley ’96 and Toni-Ann Lupinacci for their creativity, vision, and leadership.

View the full event recording and video segments:
Full event recording
We Are Committed
We Are Resilient 
We Are Grateful 
Mark’s Joke

Letter from the Chairs

Dear Bush Community, 

Bush is our school home. It is a safe, warm, and nurturing place that believes in our kids and lifts them up so they can learn to be their best selves—whether they want to play music and dance, build robots, solve complex problems, or get out into the world to help others. There is a reason I came back to this campus after having graduated as a Bush Lifer in 1996. There is a reason I wanted to anchor my family in the magic within the Blazer walls, in the teachers and in the kids that experience education.  

This is the year to show up, dig deep, and do the work. If there ever was a year to help organize the love and nurturing I have felt since I was six years old—from this home away from home—this is the one; and I am thrilled that Toni-Ann has joined me to co-chair Celebrate Bush in this incredible year. 

We feel true, immense gratitude for the exceptional teachers who listen and work with these kids every day. For Percy who holds us all together while keeping it very real; and for community members like Mark and Dave who greet us daily crossing the street with a smile and the perfect  joke. How did we get so lucky? 

In a year where we all feel a bit upside down, some far more than others, and when our smiles or frowns are hidden by a mask, I hold some serious comfort in knowing our school has us. We appreciate our teachers, every single one of them, for getting these kids interested and involved in making the world a better place. Now is our chance to come together and show the gratitude we feel in our hearts for being a part of such a community.  

We Are Bush is here for us. It’s a night for all of us to celebrate the school we call home. COVID-19 has forced us to do things differently, and Celebrate Bush is no exception. Regardless of the format, 100% of the proceeds go toward financial aid. We Are Bush and we are a community that comes together to support one another. This event stands for something much bigger than just you or me. We Are Bush stands for seeing each and every student's truth, respecting that truth, and elevating it.  

I hope you can join us on Saturday, March 6 to see the magic that exists now more than ever. Come see for yourself and experience the pride we feel. If you can support on the night and raise your paddle for financial aid, thank you. If you can login and enjoy an hour in the virtual event space, thank you. If you are a new Blazer or one from the 90’s like me, everyone is welcome. I am hopeful we can all rally and show up for these kids and the teachers that got all of us through this past year.   

We Are Bush will be a virtual sixty minute event coming into your homes live from Fremont Studios. We look forward to welcoming you with some live guests and amazing video content that tells the story of big and small triumphs of this year. 
Kate Bayley ’96 (2nd and 5th grade parent) and Toni-Ann Lupinacci (2nd and 5th grade parent)
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