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September 21 a 2006
he main reason Julie Fisher
Cummings convinced her
husband Peter to move from
Florida to Michigan in 1989 was to
enable their children to experience
Cranbrook Schools. She's a 1973
oldest son, Spent
two years at
(class of '98) and Caroline
(class of '99) had all their
formative years at Cranbrook
while living at home.
Substantial evidence that
Cranbrook won the hearts of
the entire Cummings fam-
ily was offered in this week's
announcement of a $5 million
gift for a new Girls Middle
School on the
campus. The gift
the support of
the Peter and
but kept con-
now, helped push the Campaign for
Cranbrook over the $100 million mark
in June. Several other recent donations
have moved that number to $109 mil-
lion, more than two-thirds of the way
toward Cranbrook's $150 million cam-
paign goal. Of that amount, $16 mil-
lion is earmarked for the Girls Middle
School project. With the lead gift from
the Cummings Foundation, Cranbrook
now has raised more than half the
amount required to fund construction
of the new building.
"It's a privilege and a joy for my
generation of alumnae to be able to
take the lead in giving back," Julie
Cummings said. "This school and this
community molded us into what we
are today, not only professionally but
in terms of our values, our life philos-
ophies. The Girls Middle School has a
very special place in my life and in the
life of our daughter, Caroline!'
She noted that the Kingswood
go forth to
of purpose for
for civic life
is grateful that
we've been able
to learn and to
serve our community, and
Cranbrook is at the heart
of both:' said Cummings,
daughter of the late philan-
thropist Max Fisher.
The new structure will
provide increased space for
classrooms, labs and athletic
facilities, and for leading-
edge classroom technologies.
The building will be near the
Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute
of Science, opening doors for more
partnerships and hands-on science
experience for the girls.
When the building is completed, it
will retain the name Kingswood, cre-
ating an historical link to Kingswood
School, which from 1932 to 1985 was
the name of Cranbrook's school for
"Maintaining that link between the
past and the present is important to
us," Cummings said."We wanted the
new building to bear the Kingswood
name to help reinforce the bond
among the generations of women who
have shared the magic and the power
of an all-girls' education!'s