Parent Stories

Thankful for Community

Andronica and Zeff Wheelock P’18

Andronica Wheelock serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Co-Chair of the Bicentennial Campaign Cabinet, which is tasked with helping to lead the fundraising efforts.

Andronica developed an appreciation for philanthropy early on as a child. “My parents taught my brothers and me about giving back at a very young age,” recalls Andronica. “As far back as I can remember we were shown the importance of giving back and supporting our community.”

Community carries a special importance for the Wheelock family. It was an immediate sense of belonging that attracted the family to New Hampton School. “When we first visited, we knew the school had a very strong academic program,” says Andronica. “But just as importantly, there was a strong sense of community, and that’s what we fell in love with.”

Wanting to give back to the community that has given so much to her family, Andronica and her husband Zeff identified a financial need within the Project Week program. Knowing that a number of students might not be able to afford a trip out of state or out of the country during Project Week, they created a scholarship program to address the need. “Our family has been very fortunate to be able to travel and see the world,” says Andronica. “I wanted other children to have that life-changing experience.”

With that same philanthropic spirit, Andronica has now turned her focus to the Bicentennial Campaign. Understanding that these are challenging times for families, she wants to encourage parents and alumni in their giving. “Seeing all that New Hampton School has done for our children and families,” says Andronica, “to whatever degree possible, I hope we can each find a way to give something back. Together, we can help to sustain this quality education, and this special community, for many years to come.” 

“We need the best programs so that we can attract the best students and the best staff to our school. Together, we can help to sustain this outstanding education, and this special community, for many years to come.”