Grandparent Community

Throughout Renbrook's history, grandparents have served a critical role, strengthening and growing the school for all of our children through their philanthropic and volunteer leadership. Every year the Grandparents' Group, in collaboration with the Head of School and the Development Director, selects a distinctive project to fund. Grandparent Fund Projects directly benefit Renbrook students and support school priorities. We are grateful for the support and leadership of the Grandparents' Group and invite you to join their efforts by making a gift to the Grandparent Fund.

Grandparent Executive Committee

  • E. Clayton Gengras, Jr. & Edith P. Gengras P'85 '87 GP'15 '17 '19 '19 '20 '23, Co-Chairs
  • Thomas O. & Melanie A. Barnes P'88 '91 '92 '96 GP'16 '18 '21, Ex-Officio
  • Pierre and Dawn Boulanger GP'24 '28
  • Stuart Bear and Cheryl Chase GP'27 '30 '32
  • Jill Coscarelli GP'24 '30
  • Beth Lowery GP'25 '29 '29
  • Jon A. & Elisa Manafort GP'13 '16 '18 '18 '19 '24
  • Curtis D. & Sheila Robinson GP'25 '29
  • Eugene H. & Anja E. Rosenberg GP'20 '22 '28
  • Henry S. Scherer, Jr. P'81 '82 GP'18 '19

Grandparent Projects

List of 3 items.

  • Current Project

    Over the past year, Renbrook has taken significant steps to strengthen the school now and for generations to come, and the Grandparents' Group is pleased to support The Energy Plan, a key component of these steps. With the creation of this thoughtful, long-term plan, Renbrook will employ the latest green technology, high-efficiency solutions, and renewable energy sources, while providing educational opportunities for our children to explore the ways they too can be stewards of a bright future.

    Grandparent Fund gifts of all amounts are gratefully received, and last year gifts ranged from $25 to $10,000. Gifts can be made by check, online, by stock transfer or, for those 70½ years of age and older, via a tax-free IRA distribution. For assistance, please call Director of Alumni & Development Cara Woods at 860.236.1661. Thank you!
  • 2017-18 Grandparent Projects

    Last year, grandparents funded two important projects, the locker room renovation and the Courtyard restoration.

    First, grandparents funded a $25,000 match to gifts from alumni and others to renovate the girls' and boys' locker rooms.
    Built in 1970, Renbrook's well-used locker rooms remained unchanged until 2018 when they received a full refresh. Thanks to the generous support of our grandparents, alumni and other friends of Renbrook, the locker rooms now better reflect the quality of the programs they serve.

    The second grandparent project funded repairs to and restoration of the school’s front Courtyard. Specifically, a $25,000+ gift from grandparents allowed for the broken fieldstone and cement in the Courtyard to be replaced with new fieldstone. It also made possible the full restoration and replacement of the building’s original window shutters, allowing Renbrook's iconic Courtyard to welcome community members and visitors alike.
  • 2015-2017 Grandparent Project

    Thanks to a two-year long effort, grandparents funded enhancements to the Beginning School.

    Gifts from grandparents funded important upgrades to Renbrook’s Beginning School. Outside landscaping and playground fencing, coupled with interior painting, new lighting, new appropriately child-sized furniture, and well-designed storage and play units all make for a welcoming and cheerful school for Renbrook’s youngest students. 
    • Co-Chairs Edie & Skip Gengras with their grandchildren ('15 '17 '19 '19 '20 '23)

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