Dear Robinson Families,
Greetings from your Development Office! My name is Rebecca Sumner and I have been the Robinson School Development Director since July 2015. I am also a proud Robinson alumna (’89), so nothing makes me happier than giving back to the school that has given me so many opportunities.
Robinson turns 115 years old this year! You are part of a great legacy and an even brighter future. You are living proof of Robinson’s tradition of excellence since 1902.
I want to personally invite you to join our 115th Anniversary Celebration! Our festive 115th Anniversary Student Launch in January kicked off the year with balloons, cake and fun. Please contact me to learn more about the exciting events we have planned and how to get involved. Our past and current Robinson community will come together in this extraordinary celebration. Be a part of it to learn more about our history and build our vision for the future together.
Read more about our upcoming celebration and future plans for Robinson…
Robinson School was established in 1902 by the Women’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. Today, we continue our covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church through United Methodist Women. We were founded as a school for orphan girls and blossomed into Puerto Rico’s top English-language, college-prep school. Learn more about our history and mission to gain a better understanding of our important role as educational leaders in Puerto Rico throughout the 20th and, now, the 21st centuries. The Development Office aims to support our growth as an educational institution grounded in academic excellence and service.
During my time here I have been able to support our goals for academic excellence by obtaining significant grants from the U.S. and Puerto Rico Department of Education for the continued professional development of our faculty. I have lived our commitment to service by visiting Haiti last summer and building on our alliance with College Espoir Chretien. Please read about our continuing efforts to offer students there scholarships and support their health clinic initiative later in this newsletter. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and truly experience the joys of service, (while adding valuable extracurricular experience for college applications).
Finally, the Development Office will continue its efforts to support Robinson students with optimal learning environments where they can apply what they learn in our vanguard IB programs without limits. My next project includes planning and fundraising campaigns for completely renovating our Auditorium under the Chapel. With Board and Administration support, we plan to convert the space into a state-of the-art, multi-use interdisciplinary space for the entire community. This space is already multi-use. It is currently used to showcase student talent by presenting art exhibits, informational meetings for parents on IB implementation and presentations by guest speakers.
Last semester, the Auditorium hosted the spectacular Middle and Upper School exhibit “Puerto Rico Then & Now,” which incorporated all subject areas (Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts) as a true example of the IB interdisciplinary philosophy and creative critical thinking. The Elementary School exhibit, “From El Greco to Picasso,” opened with a flamenco dance performance in collaboration with students from Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. More recently, the Auditorium hosted guest speaker and Robinson alumna, Michelle Hernandez de Fraley (’80). As the first Puerto Rican accepted to West Point Military Academy and now Puerto Rico’s first woman Police Superintendent, she spoke to Upper School students about achieving their goals by aiming high. Our greatest obstacles are often the ones we create ourselves. These events were successful, but we can offer our community even more by renovating the space and integrating technology to make it more suitable for the caliber of diverse events the Auditorium will host in the future.
Robinson School does very well using its resources and facilities their maximum benefit and I am proud of that history. However, Robinson also taught me to look beyond what seems possible and join efforts with others to achieve any goal I set for myself. This is the mission of the Development Office – to bring added resources and benefits to the Robinson community by joining forces with our exceptional community. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for ideas on how to get involved or volunteer. Engage and take advantage of your membership in Robinson’s 115-year old community. Establish your legacy on campus by taking advantage of naming opportunities, such as pledging to name one of our benches on campus after your family. This year offers unique opportunities thanks to our 115th Anniversary Celebration!
All the best,
Rebecca Sumner Burgos