David Romero Helps to Support Generations of Future Students
Today, Providence Day’s campus barely resembles the quaint appearance of the one building school at its inception. Buildings that current students consider landmarks did not exist when previous generations attended Providence Day. And now, at the successful completion of the CHARGING forward campaign, the campus will raise a new generation of buildings and students.
While every graduating class remembers a different version of the physical campus, for 1991 graduate David Romero, the promise of educating future generations can unite alumni of all ages.
“If you… look through those yearbooks, you look at how much has changed in each of those decades,” said David.
He acknowledges that this can be challenging when asking alumni to give back to PD because for most, the campus is unrecognizable.
“I always think that it’s… your duty to participate in some form or fashion, whether it is time, energy, or resources to give back,” said David. “There were people that built the library who never got to use it. There were people who built the football field that never got to use it.”
However, it is not the campus that David thinks should be the focus for alumni giving. Rather, through the endowment, David believes that PD alumni should be responsible for supporting generations of students to come. This is why he and his wife Heather made a thoughtful contribution of $10,000 to the CHARGING forward campaign.
David has lived this, as he practices giving back to Providence Day in more ways than philanthropic contributions. Since graduating from PDS, David has served as a member of the Golf Tournament Committee, Phone-a-thon volunteer and Alumni Council and as the Alumni Division Chair for the Annual Fund, the Board of Alumni Communications Chair, and most recently, the Board of Advisors.
David believes that supporting the endowment will sustain the future of Providence Day and allow the school to maintain its identity. For him, the most important aspect of the campaign is bolstering the endowment in order to allow more generations of Providence Day students to attend the school.
“I would say, to me, that is why the endowment is so important because then you are free to keep going instead of being held hostage by tuition increases or what businesses are doing in town,” said David. What’s left after the campaign is the longevity of the school and the visions of the families of our future.
David describes the campaign as a catalyst to keep Providence Day moving forward. A successful campaign will not simply end with new buildings on campus, but a promise to fill the spaces with students for generations to come.
David and Heather are the proud parents of daughters Virginia Reece and Sarah James.