Topeka Collegiate families and friends,
This past weekend we welcomed back to campus many alumni, former teachers, friends, and family to celebrate our first 40 years! What started with humble beginnings as Shawnee Country Day School in Pauline, is now a thriving Topeka Collegiate. One thing that has evolved, but not changed, is this school’s clear Mission Statement. Also unchanged, since 1982, is that we are the only independent school in the area, with no ties to the government or religious oversight. It was incredible to reconnect, reminisce, and celebrate where we have been and where we are going with so many of you this past weekend!
Our faculty and students also participated in two unique assemblies as part of our festivities. On Friday, we opened two time capsules - created in 2002 and 2012. Then each class contributed to our 40th time capsule. As a former history teacher, this activity gave me great pause. Our current students journeyed through time to learn more about the students who came decades before them. The second assembly happened this morning, as we unveiled the Sustain Campaign and showed students the "flythrough" of our future campus. Stay tuned for more information - the campaign web page will be up soon, and we'll be announcing campaign receptions in the weeks ahead! We can't wait to share with those of you who were unable to attend the public announcement at the end of the Decades Dinner on Saturday night!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped to make multiple events a success in a narrow time window! Below, you'll see a photo of a few students who helped with set-up; we can't wait to share the official photos from the weekend in an upcoming "Special Edition" of the Collegiate Connection.
It is not be overstated that this school, through its special combination of tradition and innovation, has been providing exemplary education for hundreds of kids over the past 40 years. Thank you for being a part of our story!
Dr. Lyn D. Rantz
Head of School