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Posted 09/12/2019 04:53PM

Donor Profiles

Oakhill appreciates everything these donors have done to support the growth of Oakhill's facilities and programming over the years. They have certainly made their mark on the progress of the institution as we embark on the Right Now Capital Campaign @ Oakhill Day School.

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Ms. Kathy Trager

From the first time I set foot in the door, I was hooked and truly loved the place!  The 2016-2017 School Year begins my 14th year at Oakhill - time flies when you are having fun and love what you do!

I am extremely excited about the growth we continue to see at Oakhill. Between getting the new campus for our fourth-eighth grade students and renovations to our original campus, I can say these are all things that our amazing students deserve!

From the bottom of my heart I can tell you, this is the best job. Oakhill is like family and with any family you must put into it what you expect to get out.  I hope that the rest of my Oakhill family will join me in supporting the amazing students, curriculum and programs that Oakhill offers via the Right Now Capital Campaign @ Oakhill.

 Kathy Trager is a preschool teacher at Oakhill, a mom and grandmother and friend to all.

Kent and Heeok Peterson

My mother was on the Board of Directors at Little Folks with Mrs. Kalsu. My brother and I went to Little Folks from preschool up to first grade. At the time, Little Folks only offered preschool to first grade. My parents knew the value of a private education andmy wife and I feel the same way. 

Those interested in supporting Oakhill Day School and the education that it provides should know that the curriculum fits the ability of each student, Children are pushed and encouraged to succeed no matter their level.

When you support Oakhill through monetary donations or your time, you get back what you put in tenfold.

Kent and Heeok Peterson are parents to students Lucas and Lucia. Kent has a special connection to Oakhill as an alumni of Little Folks / Oakhill Day School.

The Morris Family

Karen and I found Oakhill while looking for a kindergarten for Evan. We wanted a place that shared our values, was large enough to provide an excellent well-rounded education and yet small enough to provide individualized attention. We have been part of the Oakhill community for over 11 years.

We wish others knew the dramatic difference that can be made by sharing time, talents and resources and just how important it is to an independent school receiving no government funding. And, taking it a step further, how fortunate we are to have an independent school where we can be involved in our children’s education to the extent we choose, in an atmosphere not controlled by ‘strings’ that come attached to government funding.

Having been a part of the Oakhill community for as long as we have, we’ve had the opportunity to see the school evolve and progress into something that hardly compares to what it was back in 2005 when we started. 

We all want to be part of something that’s larger than ourselves. At random times in our lives, we happen upon something. In this case, an organization, which we feel truly represents our values and we feel makes a real difference, not only in our life but in the lives of others and the community as a whole. When any of us find this, we want to support it. Sometimes that support is through volunteering; the personal satisfaction you get from sharing your time and talents with an organization doing so much good for the people it serves is immeasurable.  Sometimes that support is financial; when you support an organization like Oakhill financially, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re a part of the progress and the evolution. You truly are part of something larger than yourself.

Seeing firsthand the progress that has been made, feeling the excitement of the vision for the future and knowing we’re a part of it, gives a sense of giving back… of doing your part. We only hope future generations will feel the same desire to give back and Oakhill will continue to grow, thrive and serve the community in ways not yet imagined.

Mike and Karen Morris are past Oakhill Parents of Evan, Class of 2014. Mike is also a past Board of Trustees’ President.

The Saylor Family

We were interviewing options for early childcare and Jeanne knew of Oakhill Day School, but neither of us really knew any details about the school. We set up a tour before Kaylynn turned two. The interactions with staff and students during the tour experience had us sold on the idea of Oakhill. We started Kaylynn at Oakhill the Monday following her 2nd birthday.

After the first year or two, we were convinced that this was definitely the environment that we wanted our daughter exposed to for longer than her early childhood. The more we experienced and volunteered, the more we really wanted to be an active participant with the school. We have now been here for over six years!

As active parents at Oakhill, we wish that all families understood the level of commitment that our volunteers, teachers and administrators have to this school. It takes joint effort and support from all parties to make this a success.  

We are excited about the quality of education, expanded curriculum and the future growth associated with this capital campaign project.

We would encourage parents and grandparents, as well as community members,  to get involved by volunteering and learning more about the operation of Oakhill.  After you see the program, vision and level of commitment from all involved, you will be very comfortable that your donations and contributions are appreciated and utilized with the upmost fiscal responsibility.

Eddy and Jeanne Saylor are current Oakhill parents to Kaylynn. Eddy serves on Oakhill’s Board of Trustees and the Building Committee; Jeanne is past PTO President. Both can be seen volunteering at many Oakhill events.

Oakhill Day School
Oakhill Day School
7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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