Stephanie Pax Flanigan Legacy Gate & Summer Sabbatical Program
It’s hard to find the perfect way to thank Stephanie Flanigan for her 18 years of BIG thinking and doing at MSD. It’s also tough to say farewell to a Head of School who we have come to know as a friend. While brainstorming a variety of options, we were drawn to the idea of having something permanent on campus that would remind the MSD community that she is forever woven into our history—and our hearts.
Introducing the Stephanie Pax Flanigan Legacy Gate. This Gate was thoughtfully-designed with dashes of beautiful bronze accents to include 66 icons that illustrate how Stephanie’s and MSD’s story are linked together. If you look closely, you will see that there are 18 icons in the archway, carefully selected to represent each year of her tenure at MSD.
The Gate will start a new tradition at the school as students will pass beneath the grand archway on their first day of school and then again as they graduate. At the unveiling on May 30, the entire MSD community—our current Board of Trustees, students and their families, former Trustees, our Faculty and Staff, MSD grandparents, and friends of MSD—enjoyed the unveiling and being the first to walk through the Gate for the very first time, all together.
The Gate will not only be enjoyed by visitors to our campus, but it will also enhance the educational experience of our students. As a way to honor Stephanie’s many years of exemplary leadership, MSD is planning to offer two $5,000 summer sabbatical grants each year. Faculty and staff will apply for funds for an activity outside of education that will recharge their batteries and promote personal growth. The positive impact the sabbaticals will have on our community will be truly inspirational.
Each icon is available for a minimum donation of $2,500. A donor recognition plaque will be located at the Gate’s site and recipients of Summer Sabbatical funds will share their experiences with the MSD community in a variety of ways. Click here to complete the Legacy Gate form safely and securely online. Click here to view, download, and print the Legacy Gate form. Printed copies of the form are available in the Welcome Center.
Please consider joining hands with other MSD families like yours to celebrate Stephanie’s love for MSD and have a BIG impact at MSD! If you are interested in participating, you may fill out the attached commitment form. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ginny Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!