Miss Hall's is moving quickly
to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of our entire community: postponing on-campus activities and shifting to distance learning for all students for the remainder of the school year.
Two of the fastest to act were current sophomores Cailyn Tetteh ’22 and Truc Hoang ’22
who proposed a relief fund to help friends struggling to adjust travel plans as the virus spread across the U.S. They articulated a vision of contributing boldly and creatively to the common good by banding together — individual student contributions and class gifts, plus support from MHS alumnae, family, and friends — to make a direct impact on the lives of students, right now.
Following the lead of our amazing students, we are proud to establish the Community Action Fund, adjacent to the Annual Fund for MHS, to address needs that arise within our family, faculty, and staff community at this unprecedented time.
Gifts designated to the Community Action Fund will provide operational resources for Head of School Julia Heaton and the MHS Leadership Team to allocate as needed, including:
Assistance to students/families burdened by the costs of traveling home,
Support to keep the students on campus, or in homestay situations, safe and healthy,
Professional development for faculty as they reimagine their teaching for distance learning,
Increased ability for students and faculty to engage fully in distance learning (e.g. computers and technology related to remote access)
Funds to help with unanticipated financial hardship caused by COVID-19,
- Relief for those most vulnerable in our broader Berkshires community, as part of the MHS commitment to the common good.
During this time when so much is unknown, we are each determining the best course of action for ourselves, our families, and our wider communities. In the true spirit of Miss Hall’s School, our students have shown us the power in caring for each other, and the benefits of being generous with ourselves and others as we navigate this changing landscape.
And now is a great time to give! The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – the CARES Act, as it is informally known – includes two legislative provisions designed to encourage charitable giving. The first allows for the deduction of up to $300 in giving this year, whether the taxpayer itemizes their taxes or not. The second raises the deduction from 60% to 100% of charitable giving for those who itemize in 2020, relative to adjusted gross income.
Every gift, big or small, will lift our community up!