The following was provided by the Charles River School.
On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, Charles River School celebrated its Centennial Year by hosting over 550 alumni, past parents, current families and current and former faculty members on its Dover, MA campus.
The weekend was designed to include multiple generations of CRS friends and families, allowing them to connect across the years. Guests flew in from all over the world, including Hong Kong, London, the West Coast and all over the eastern seaboard, to attend.
“[It] was a full-school experience for everyone involved with CRS, both past and present,” said Linda Fenton, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at CRS.
One of the most important aspects of the celebration was demonstrating how the school’s mission and approach to education is still relevant today.
The Community Panel, held on Saturday afternoon, was made up of a number of distinguished alums and parents of students who hold leadership positions across a variety of industries, including investment banking, cancer research and non-profit social enterprise.
They spoke at length about what kinds of skills the innovators of tomorrow will need, and often connected back to the educational approach that CRS takes.
“The future belongs to the people who are able to ask the right questions,” said panelist Ben Powell, class of ’84.
In the evening, nearly 500 guests flooded the campus for an art show, reception and gala dinner. The Bo Winiker Orchestra provided the music and guests stayed on the dance floor until the evening’s end.
During the evening program, H.D.S. Greenway, the grandson of one of the founding families of CRS, was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
For 50 years, Mr. Greenway was an award-winning international reporter for the Boston Globe. It was in his house that CRS began 100 years ago.
CRS was founded by four families on the banks of the Charles River in 1911, its mission to offer a strong academic program, advance moral learning, provide leadership in educational innovation and instill in its students a love of learning. This mission still holds true today.