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Annual Giving

Tower relies on several sources of income, not just tuition, to maintain and enhance student programs.

"Every Tiger,” our annual giving theme for the year, expresses the unique strengths, interests and perspectives of the individuals who create our diverse community of learners, families and educators. Annual giving supports "every tiger" by providing essential funding for all aspects of our program. 

By bridging the gap (of approximately $3,000/student) between tuition and the full cost of educating each student, the Annual Fund provides a margin of excellence that will enhance every child's education and foster their growth. These are just a few of the many ways the generosity of our entire school community impacts our students' experience:

  • Tower’s librarian, Melissa Upton, curates a collection of 10,048 titles and knows just the book to recommend to readers of all ages, abilities and interests.
  • Middle School history teacher, Sig Orne ’80, makes history come alive for her students through the Salem Witch Trial reenactment, Westward Expansion journaling, and the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. 

  • Our Visual Arts program begins in Pre-K and culminates with an Arts Block program with unique classes such as Fantastic Beasts (drawing), Quilt Making, Marimbas, African Drumming, and Outdoor Sculpture. 

  • Students develop leadership skills through active roles in Student Government, clubs and as team captains; and through service programs such as My Brother’s Table, No Place for Hate, and Adopt a Grandparent.

  • Tower Tigers strengthen their writing skills through poetry, persuasive letters, interviews with Tower community members, reflective “This I Believe” essays, character analyses from "To Kill a Mockingbird", and fictional speeches from characters in "The Odyssey". 

  • The Pre-K classroom provides students with opportunities for discovery, hands-on exploration, experiences in nature, creative expression, and growth of emerging literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Students develop public speaking skills and a reciprocal sense of community by making announcements, presenting classwork, performing, or being an audience member at assemblies.

“Every tiger” also expresses our hope that every family will participate with a gift at a level meaningful to them. All families have varying degrees of capacity for supporting the school philanthropically—and every family can make an impact. Together with your help, we can reach our goal of raising $300,000 with 100% family participation

Thank you.




Amanda and Matthew Velluto P'23,'26, Co-Chairs
Doug Aamoth P'28
Jennifer and Nick Avallone P'30
Andrew Baker P'31
Greg Dombal P'26
Katie Fleuriel P'27,'31
Angie Munro ’91 P'26,'29
Laura O'Keefe P'24,'28
Brian Pompeo P'31
Jonathan Robinson P'29
Meredith Wishart P'30,'32

Jessie has been with Tower since 2007 and was appointed Director of Development in 2012. Prior to coming to Tower, Jessie worked as the Assistant Director of Development at Collegiate School in New York. She is the parent of a Tower 8th grader and 2021 graduate.

Contact Jessie Achterhof

Gareth joined the the Tower community as a part-time receptionist in 2021 and the Development Office in 2022. She brings a strong knowledge of the community, prior development experience at the Peabody Essex Museum, and volunteer alumni relations work with Carroll School to her role as Development Associate. 

Contact Gareth Randall