Bruce Jarchow ’66, parent of Bert Kelly-Jarchow ’07

“Over the years I have tried to stay engaged and supportive of North Shore, not only as a way to say thank you for my time there, but mostly because I believe in the purpose and mission of the School. The fact that this purpose and mission has held fast for nearly 100 years, adapting and growing within an ever-changing climate, is a testament to the strength of these ideals. I make my planned gift knowing that North Shore will continue to educate and inspire for a long time to come.
 
What has remained with me is a hard question because I’ve held on to so many moments—both real and, I suspect, slightly imagined. I can still quote some words of wisdom from teachers. I can still sense the excitement of a line delivered on stage. I can still remember papers I wrote, tests I took and Morning Ex adventures. And I can still envision balls flying and teammates rushing around at all the games I played. Some memories—like someone’s smile, or navigating the winter’s ice on Tally’s Alley—are small moments, but to me they still have meaning. However, I think my greatest takeaway from North Shore has been the ability to learn from other people; not only teachers and coaches, but friends and classmates, parents, Middle Schoolers and Lower Schoolers, the hardworking school staff, and all the guest speakers, performers and artists who came to campus to share their worlds with us. All these gifts were made possible by North Shore.
 
North Shore always valued the ensemble effort, and I’ve found that to be an obvious truth in my life since graduating. I trust that my gift will be accompanied by many others, and that the School will find a good home for it.”
 
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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