Dear Belmont Hill Family,
In difficult times, we can always find strength, compassion, and support at Belmont Hill. The spirit of “working together” is felt everywhere on our campus, and yet, it has little to do with our physical space. The people of Belmont Hill are what make our school special. We have been reminded of that numerous times in the face of this pandemic given the number of people who have been asking us how they can be helpful as we tackle new issues.
Over the past few weeks, Greg Schneider and our faculty and staff have moved the Belmont Hill experience online. Harkness Tables, School Meetings in Hamilton Chapel, revisit days for admitted students, and student-led clubs have turned into Zoom meetings, live streams, and online platforms. Our Health and Wellness team, whose important work takes place largely behind the scenes, is becoming more visible and present.
However, despite all that we are doing, we cannot entirely shield our students and our community from the impact of this pandemic. What we can do is support one another and stay true to our mission. We often quote the familiar first line:
"Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character."
Now, more than ever, I am finding inspiration in the shared goals expressed by our mission statement, and I hope that you will as well. I am also deeply inspired by those who have been renewing their charitable support, in light of the financial challenges that lie ahead. An alumnus of the Class of 2008 was one of the first. He wrote, “These are strange and trying times in our nation and our world. We need the best leaders and citizens. Belmont Hill has been hugely influential in my life, and I am vested in its continued success. Please find a gift enclosed. Please direct its use toward the School’s faculty and staff.”
We hope you will renew and continue your support of Belmont Hill. We are particularly appreciative of Annual Fund investments directed toward financial aid for students
and support for the faculty and staff
. The faculty and the students are the heart of the School and we must always preserve the unique dynamic that exists between the two. It is what makes Belmont Hill stand apart and your support here could not be more vital. The people of Belmont Hill are the School’s greatest asset and its highest priority.
Many have also inquired about the special needs that have arisen in these unprecedented times; in fact, there are many. To address these needs, we have created a response fund, the Sextant Assistance Fund, for those who wish to help students, families, faculty, and staff facing significant financial hardship. We welcome you to participate in this fund as well.
“Working together” has never failed us. I am awed and humbled by the response of the Belmont Hill community as we begin to navigate our way through these unchartered waters. Thank you for being a part of this amazing community, thank you for your contributions here, and thank you for the good you do out in the larger world.
Sincerely and gratefully,
Jon M. Biotti ’87, P ’23
President, Board of Trustees