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BHS’ donations drive aims to fill five percent gap

The Bermuda High School is continuing its fundraising push to support its students, and honouring those who have made donations.

Over the last week, the school has celebrated Donor Week, paying tribute to those who help the school meet its tuition gap — the five percent difference between the cost of tuition and the cost of operating the school.

Jennifer Burland Adams, director of advancement at BHS, said yesterday: “Sometimes we don’t think five percent is a large number, but sometimes it can mean a lot.”

At a school assembly this week, she said the point was illustrated with a picture of a woman — and another picture of the same woman with five percent of her teeth digitally removed.

A five percent tuition gap, she said, meant more than $600,000 a year for the school.

“That’s a huge number, especially when you consider how much we give away through scholarships,” she said.

To thank and celebrate the school’s donors, the students have this week been signing cards to be sent out to donors, and recording videos discussing why they are grateful for the donors.

“They understand the opportunity they are given by getting a great education, and there are people out there supporting them, even if they will never actually meet them,” she said.

“We did a ‘thank a donor’ video last year that was really popular too, so we are trying to create a new one for this year.”

On June 1, the school will be hosting A Night in Havana, a fundraiser which is hoped to raise $80,000 for the school’s financial aid programme.

“It’s a dinner and dance fund raiser, obviously with a Cuban theme to raise money for the financial assistance programme,” the spokeswoman said.

“There will be a three-course meal, live Latin music, dancing and drinks. Along with the tickets, we will be making money with a silent auction with some fantastic prizes.”

For information about the fundraiser or to buy tickets, visit www.bhs.bm.

The Torch Ceremony has been a tradition at Bermuda High School since 1937.

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Published May 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 11, 2013 at 7:57 am)

BHS’ donations drive aims to fill five percent gap

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