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Ravens Reflect

Supporting the Fund For Ravenscroft

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We asked some of our many committed families why they’re also dedicated to supporting the Fund For Ravenscroft. Here’s what they had to say.



Leigh Ann Musante
Lower School parent

There are many things we love about Ravenscroft. So what stands out the most?

Well, for one, the culture of community that has been created by the dedicated Ravenscroft staff, which carries through to the Parents’ Association. This community provides countless ways to be included, in person or virtually, on a personal level, despite the relative size of the campus and institution.

Part of the strength of the community is that it seems Lead From Here doesn’t just apply to the students. It also includes the faculty and staff, who are consistently approachable and ready to help.

I also believe we witness the resilience of this community — not only through this pandemic, but on a daily basis, with a zest for what can be improved. With what seems boundless optimism, passion and joy, surely there is no limit to the greatness the Ravenscroft community can achieve.

Leigh Ann Musante captures the first day of school with her Ravens, Vivian ’31, Margot ’33 and Knox ’29.

Lourdes Andrews
Middle School parent

When I think of one word that describes Ravenscroft, it is “home.”

It is a place that welcomes everyone, where you become part of a diverse community and family. Moving our family to a new state, where we knew no one, seemed like a daunting task. However, finding Ravenscroft was like finding the family, friends and community we were looking for.

Ravenscroft has become our “forever home.”

Jim and Lourdes Andrews, with Connor ’26, consider Ravenscroft their “forever home.”

Dani Stansell
Lower and Middle School parent, Fund For Ravenscroft co-chair

My family supports Ravenscroft because of the difference the school has made in my children's lives — from the Academic Skills team to the classroom teachers to the specials teachers. Each year my children have experienced success stories that have changed their lives.

We love to support Lead From Here, as we see each day the impact it makes on our children’s lives, and we know this impact will be lifelong! We are grateful for the safety on campus as well as the constant mentality of the faculty, staff and leadership to strive for the best for our students, whether through advanced technology or programs to make everyone feel included.

I love to support Ravenscroft through volunteering because it’s an amazing community filled with people that want to make a difference locally and globally.

Kevin and Dani Stansell pose with their children, Emma Grace ’30, Lucas ’25 and Jackson ’28.

Ebere Igboko Ekpunobi
Upper School parent

Our child, Ik Ekpunobi ’21, plays multiple musical instruments including piano, different percussion instruments and cello. We are delighted that Ravenscroft affords Ik the opportunity to continue honing his skills and to share his talents playing percussion in the band. Having played in both band and orchestra in previous schools in Nigeria and China, he was pleased to see Ravenscroft’s commitment to music education.

In addition to band, Ik takes private piano lessons year-round from S.K. Chipley. Even during the pandemic they have maintained weekly virtual lessons. Under Mrs. Chipley’s instruction Ik has grown in the theory and practice of music and become a contributing member to the local community. He is active in the Black Pianists Association, where he mentors budding musicians.

We are happy to support Ravenscroft as a way of investing in our school and to highlight the importance of the arts as part of a well-rounded education. Supporting Ravenscroft enriches all members of our community. 

Abel and Ebere Ekpunobi, with their children Iruoma and Ik ’21, are proud of how Ravenscroft’s fine arts programs nurture their son’s talent.

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The Fund For Ravenscroft embodies the legacy of generosity from our parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff, friends and even students. Thank you to all of our 2019-20 donors to the Fund For Ravenscroft!