The Bement vineyard vines tote has arrived! in fabric that
matches our ties, we offer two colors: pink and blue. This size
tote retails for $95, but we are selling ours for $65. Show
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La Suiza Orphanage
By Allie Nagurney’09
I climbed down the steps of the yellow school bus, and looked around at the nine teenage girls, five adults, and the four curious Dominican boys. The last time I traveled to La Suiza Orphanage I disembarked that same school bus with my nineteen classmates and five trusted advisors. It was dark then, and we immediately went to church with the boys. I easily bonded with Francie, a young boy who fell asleep on my shoulder.
The March sun beat down on my neck as I fumbled through my bag for sunglasses. I approached one boy with his shoes on his hands and, through hand gestures and my limited Spanish, his worn out shoes were soon on his feet. Soon enough one boy was tugging on my shirt showing off his prized possession, an old tennis ball. As he motioned for us to play, I noticed it was Francie, the same boy I had bonded with on my first night two years ago. “Hola Francie,” I said, “c’est Allie,” already wishing that these boys spoke French. As we played catch, I realized it did not matter if he remembered me.
That night, our entire group gathered on the roof of the orphanage for a nightly reflection circle. I remembered constantly passing tissues around the circle, as classmates felt overwhelmed by the ability of these boys who had so little, to love us so much. This time, we laughed together about the three-year-olds who tried to kiss us goodnight. And through this laughter on the roof top, morning trips to visit an elementary school, and afternoon English lessons for the older boys, our group bonded. We only could have come together in the Dominican.
There is something special in the purified water there; conversations are deeper, horizons are widened, friendships are made, and while saying goodbye is hard, I learned that week to live in the moment. For one week, grades, friends, classes, skating, and track did not matter. My needs did not even matter. Instead, I spent a week making other people smile.
(a bonus recollection from the Bement Bulletin)
When the first alumni trip to La Suiza occurred in March of 2011, we learned about the current dire financial state of the La Suiza orphanage. Twenty years ago, the organization was able to fund five orphanages. Now, they can only afford to fund two. Just recently, they had to close down their girl’s orphanage. The need of the orphans in the Dominican Republic is still there, just not the services. We want to help!
Working with Bement, we hope to raise funds for the orphanage. To start our fundraising efforts, we made bracelets that say: "esperanza para los ninos". In English, this phrase means "hope for the children". We would appreciate if you bought a bracelet to help fund the orphanage's needs. Please contact us for more information.
Bracelets will be $5which includes S&H.
news of our most recently deceased Alumni and former faculty, many of
whom made a great contribution to our school; our condolences to their
The following is a listing of those deceased in 2006 to present.
Wm. Burke Belknap, Jr. 'GB
Camille Bouquet '00
Anne Bullitt-Biddle Brewster GB
Janet E. Bryant GB
Gretchen Polk Caines '54, P'80, '82, '86
Evelyn M. Carey, Past Faculty
Scott Creelman PTT, P'87, '89, '95
Barbara Davies '52
Robert Delabarre '75
Harrison Eldredge '25
I.N. Esleeck GB
Mary Hawks'25, PF
James Hearn GB
Kimball Howes '75
David Currie Lee '67
Denham "Dennie" C. Lunt Jr. 'GB P'61, '62, '64, '65, '66, GP'97, '00, '02, '17, PTT
Adele Ponvert '75
Karen Prue '76
David Rodd '58
Mary E. Snively, Past Faculty
Mary Stanford GB
Lucy Treadway, '61
Sean Vickrey '73
Ann Vigneault, Past Faculty
Jean Palmer Walbridge, Past Faculty
Edward M. Wells,
Former head of school from 1947-1971, Mary "Gug" H. Drexler, passed away on April 23, 2013 at the age of 101.
Remembrances of Gug's time as head of school can be found on the school's alumni facebook page.
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