Class of 1972 50th Reunion Class Gift

In 1972, Joyce Marie Mariani implored our class to “continue traveling along the educational road of awareness, responsibility, and appreciation on which the Norwich Free Academy has placed us, so that every member of the Class of 1972 may make a worthwhile contribution to better ourselves and our society and to form a true brotherhood of man.” 

There are four ways in which you can celebrate the Class of 1972 and make a “worthwhile contribution” during our 50th reunion year. 2022 is a momentous year in NFA history; the Slater Museum is undergoing significant renovations for the first time in 135 years. Supporting the Slater Stained Glass Restoration (reglazing and resealing) means preserving and protecting a true campus gem so that it can be enjoyed for the next 135 years.

Project Outreach students have been giving back to the community for 50 years. Imagine all of the lives that have been impacted by the service and kindness of NFA Project O students! With rising costs in transportation, Project Outreach students need funds to have buses available so that all students who want to volunteer are able to get to their community site. Students are interested in visiting local nursing homes to connect with seniors and help them learn more about technology, but the students need transportation to get there.

A third way to give back to NFA is to contribute to campus technology needs. Technology has changed quite a bit in the past 50 years, and today’s students and teachers use Chromebooks, specialized software, and other tools to prepare NFA students for success after graduation. A gift to campus technology needs ensures that every student on campus has access to the equipment and programs they need to learn in today’s world.

Last but certainly not least, in honor of our 10th reunion in 1982, we established the NFA Class of 1972 Memorial Fund. This award reflects our commitment to the future of NFA as well as our gratitude for its past. Through your generosity, this fund can be increased to award a graduating senior a gift that will help launch them into their future.

A permanent panel of recognition will be added to the 50th Reunion Gallery in the Latham Science & Technology Building. Classmates who contribute $1,000 or more to the Class Gift or any of these four funding areas will earn the legacy of their name on the panel.