Mom pledges $500,000 to private school

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The mother of a student at a private Kalamazoo school has pledged $500,000 over three years to the school, the largest single cash donation in Kazoo School history, according to The Kalamazoo Gazette.

Anne Arbetter-Fischell, a former Stanford University professor whose child is a first-grader at the school, told The Gazette she wants to support progressive education during tough economic times and also recognize the school's commitment to be "environmentally conscious." The money will be used for need-based scholarships, academic programs and faculty development, The Gazette reported. Head of School David Feldman said they also will consider renovating the 1920s-era building to incorporate "green architecture," according to The Gazette.

In operation for 36 years, Kazoo School currently enrolls 85 in its preschool through eighth-grade program.

Arbetter-Fischell said she hopes her gift will "make sure that other families have the opportunity for this exceptional education for years to come," The Gazette reported.

The Kalamazoo Gazette, "Kazoo School mom donates $500,000," Jan. 29, 2009

Michigan Education Report, "Private K-12 scholarships: A viable alternative for Detroit's school children," Dec. 15, 2005