On April 27, 2017, Harlem Academy had the most successful Spring Benefit in our history, raising more than $1 million toward scholarships, ensuring that Harlem Academy can continue to offer transformational opportunities for our students.
The event showcased Harlem Academy students and alumni, including a new video that features three graduates and their parents reflecting on their experience at the school, and how prepared they were for the challenging schools they now attend.
Mark Johnston spoke about the core American value that hard work and intelligence should offer the chance to do great things. He noted that this opportunity often eludes promising, disadvantaged students, and he pointed to Harlem Academy as a rare example of that path opening up and working for them. He called it a privilege to have contributed to moving this mission forward since the school's early days.
Miles Williams ‘16—a freshman at The Lawrenceville School—demonstrated the power of this opportunity. He talked about the rigorous learning with which Harlem Academy challenged him, opening him to new interests and encouraging him to push further. He spoke of his initial doubts about meeting expectations, but then about the habits and skills he learned that have helped him build toward success. He talked about the community of learners he felt part of, and his hopes that others would be able to follow the path given to him.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this evening a success. It is only with your support that we can continue to transform lives and prepare our students to make a mark on the world. If you weren't able to attend the Benefit and would like to contribute to Harlem Academy's financial aid program, please visit our Donate page.