On the Community

Laura Malcolm ’00

We launched Give InKind (giveinkind.com) as a place for individuals or organizations to better coordinate help, when and where it’s needed. We created the ability to manage meal and help calendars, fund-raise, create wish lists of needed items, and communicate with those that want to help—all in one place. We didn’t just draw from our own personal experiences with crisis to know what needed to be managed; I drew from further back than that. I thought about when Columbine happened, how as CWA juniors ourselves, we were so overwhelmed by the feelings of loss that struck us that we started a letter-writing campaign in our English class, a voice for the collective pain that students across the country were feeling. I thought about our annual adopt-a-family at Christmas, how it felt to know we were making a holiday possible for a family that might not otherwise have one, and why I always volunteered to do the shopping for the kids, because giving things I knew they would use just felt good. I thought about my senior internship, and the day spent with a perinatologist. How I left the room, awash in dizziness, when a mother began an emotionally devastating procedure, my own emotion teaching me as much of a lesson in that moment as witnessing the procedure might have. When crisis strikes, the worst thing you can do is panic. When you’re hit by a rogue wave, or pulled out by the tide, you are forced to think critically. What must I do, in this moment, to analyze the circumstances and apply the things that I know to resolve the situation? I knew the action that could be taken in the face of crisis, both from my own experiences and from those I experienced in my years at CWA. By presenting challenging situations, along with the safety and permission to fail, we begin to gather the skills and knowledge necessary to sail the open sea.” – Laura Malcolm ’00; entrepreneur; Tacoma, Wash.

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Nate Mondou ’13

“I attended Charles Wright from kindergarten through 12th grade. Going through kindergarten and Lower School, and then moving through the growing pains of Middle School and Upper School, made many of my classmates best friends for life. The best part of Charles Wright athletics was getting to play the sports I love with my best friends. This combination melted away any stress and anxiety that can come with competitive sports. The sense of community and support of playing sports at Charles Wright will always have a special place in my athletic memories. Charles Wright personifies balance and the opportunity to expand horizons. From Ms. Herrington’s music class in Lower School to Ms. Webster’s math class in Upper School, Charles Wright allowed me to find out who I was and who I wanted to become. In Upper School my two fondest memories outside of athletics were Miles Struxness’ ceramics class and Ms. Webster’s math classes. I must have taken at least three math classes from Ms. Webster, and she prepared me for college and my future business major better than I could have ever imagined. I also took Miles’ ceramics class all four years, and ceramics grew into one of my biggest passions outside of sports. The combination of baseball, math, and pottery is one example of how Charles Wright allowed me to create diverse interests and excel academically, artistically, and athletically.” – Nate Mondou ’13; professional athlete; Stockton, Cal.