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The Maple Avenue Address

Posted By Christopher Portman, Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016

Four score and seven years ago, Queene Ferry Coonley brought forth on this forest preserve a new school, conceived in literacy, and dedicated to the proposition that all children are naturally curious learners.

Now we are engaged in a great mission committed to the talents and needs of gifted students. It is a cause built squarely upon our founder’s principles and dreams.

We honor today Mrs. Coonley and all those who came before us, those women and men who have worked so hard and the children whose energy and love have made ACS so special. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot, we should not, we must not simply glorify the past. Our predecessors brought forth a living, evolving entity called The Avery Coonley School. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the present and the future members of the ACS family, to be dedicated to the ongoing work which has thus far been so nobly advanced. That we here highly resolve that our forebears shall not have toiled in vain, that The Avery Coonley School will remain a garden of happy memories, a home away from home, a transformative foundation, a place unlike any other, a child’s world.

~ September 30, 2016

(Thank you to Blake Glidden ’87 and Erin Portman ’07 for help with the text.)

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