The Thacher School

Ojai, CA

Walker Bell Challenge 2024

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Emma Balina, Director of Leadership Giving


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The fifth annual Walker Bell Challenge is May 6-10!

The “walker” bell has called the Thacher community together for generations. We look forward to once again bringing the Thacher community together for a week of engagement and giving.

Your support makes all the difference.

Gifts to the Walker Bell Challenge remain critically important in Thacher’s ability to offer a robust educational experience for our students. Between the Annual Fund (which the Walker Bell Challenge supports) and the endowment, philanthropy accounts for more than half of Thacher’s operating budget each year. The ability to offer significant financial aid, provide students with inspiring teachers and mentors, cultivate their resilience through the horse and backcountry programs, and help them gain confidence on the field and on the stage is only possible with your partnership and generosity.

You may support any area of the Thacher experience with your gift, and all gifts regardless of size will help unlock important funding for our financial aid program, so we may continue to increase access to a Thacher education. For the last three years, Thacher has awarded $5 million in financial aid for students. This year, 30 percent of students receive financial aid, and those with the highest demonstrated need receive supplemental aid to cover books, riding and camping equipment, travel stipends for school breaks and family weekends, and town run allowances, so they may enjoy the full Thacher experience.

Join us in ringing the bell and coming together as a community once more.

See the Thacher community in action.

Check back as we approach the Walker Bell Challenge kickoff for videos and live stream opportunities to see various Thacher events and activities.

Find more content on social media.

Follow the official Thacher social media channels for videos, photos, and invitations for further engagement. Find us on Instagram at @TheThacherSchool or @ThacherCdeP, or on Facebook @ThacherSchool.

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Campaign ends Friday, May 10th, 2024, 11:59 pm PDT

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The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
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