This past Saturday, our community celebrated and thanked God together at the fifth annual Evening of Gratitude. Almost 200 parents, students, teachers, staff, board members, and friends were in attendance. The evening was held at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. Upon entering, guests were welcomed by a grand staircase in the rotunda. Silent Auction items lined the upper level leading to the banquet hall. Guests enjoyed a tasty meal and a variety of desserts as a harpist strummed melodies in the background. The Chamber Choir, led by Mr. Jesse Maurer, also serenaded guests at various times throughout the evening. One of the songs they sang, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” seemed particularly fitting for this event. Guests heard stories of gratitude from Elizabeth Stoner, Class of 2019, and Jay McClymont, a long-time Covenant parent. Both speakers touched on the special culture that Covenant enjoys and the close relationships that often develop between students and teachers through the years.
The keynote address was given by Jeffrey S. Trimbath, Executive Director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College, who reminded us that the purpose of education is to lead students to wisdom. The speaking program concluded with an invitation from Mr. Michael Geer, Board President and father of Covenant alumni, to partner with the school so more families can continue to receive the blessing of a classical, Christian education. Covenant’s Chamber Choir closed out the night with another beautiful song and even serenaded guests as they departed through the rotunda.
Through the generous sponsorships and donations of our guests and friends – including all of those who participated in a fun silent auction – the school was able to raise the entire amount of a $65,000 matching donation! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a wonderful success!