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New Campus  Art Installation Honors Educators & Thanks Donors

"These trees were designed to demonstrate the power of teaching, the power of learning, and the power of education." - Tony Ball, Artist 

During the 2018-19 school year, the Inspire Campaign was launched and led by co-chairs Amy and Peter Corrigan and Andi and John Freyer ’92 to fund a groundbreaking sphere-based compensation model. Rather than rewarding teachers simply for their years of experience and educational achievements, the innovative structure rewards teachers for impacting students in the classroom while going further to recognize those who demonstrate the school's values and advance the overall program.
It raises Graland faculty salaries to be competitive, both locally and nationally, and rewards teachers for being masters of their craft. It honors exceptional teaching and is designed to impact program growth and expand student learning. And it provides Graland with the means to attract outstanding teachers by showing recruits that the school values educational expertise and encourages a growth mindset. 

To commemorate the Inspire Campaign's positive impacts, show appreciation for its donors, and honor Graland educators, a new art piece was installed on the Corkins Center patio over spring break (see above). The piece, created by Tony Ball from Tork Collaborative Arts, resembles birch trees, paying homage to the school's original address (30 Birch Street) and the growth, knowledge, learning, and reaching for great heights that trees symbolize, all attributes Graland seeks for both its educators and its students. The trees are made of aluminum, and the leaves were created with a color-changing resin that beautifully captures and reflects light. The official ribbon-cutting for the installation took place on the afternoon of the Spring Art Show on April 14, 2023. 

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1927, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.