In September of 2019, the International School of Indiana publicly announced ONE ISI, the campaign to create a unified campus. Lead gifts from the Chen and Daneri families helped to propel the campaign forward, however the construction of the new Chen Family Lower School also reflects the effort and dedication of the school's families, friends, community partners, and students.

Among the campaign's many benefits is that it created an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of philanthropy and how their collective contributions can make a lasting impact in our school community and beyond. In November of 2019, Lower School students set a combined fundraising goal of $75,000 and pledged to work with their classmates and families to raise money intended to earn them the naming rights to the new Lower School Slide. Their creativity included pop-up coffee, hot chocolate, and lemonade stands, bake sales, donations of allowance, an origami auction, scarf sale, ornament sale, a special edition student newspaper, and so much more, and their collective contributions from those efforts totaled $20,000.

In 2021 a new event, Slide-A-Thon, provided Lower School students a new opportunity to continue their fundraising efforts. During the inaugural event students age 3 through Grade 5 made more than 5,000 runs down two large inflatable slides. Two classes tied for the most runs down the slide. Grade 5 French and Grade 5 Mandarin each making 320 runs respectively! To fundraise, students were encouraged to share their personal stories about why they love ISI and why the new lower school building means so much to our school community. The student who inspired the largest number of gifts with 12 gifts made in his honor was Roman McArdle. The student who raised the most money was Amirah Weaver who raised $1,150. More than 550 donations were made in honor of ISI student and $20,000 was raised in 2021, bringing the student's fundraising total for ONE ISI to $40,000. 

In 2022, Slide-a-thon will return as a final opportunity to support the ONE ISI campaign and contribute to the Lower School student's $75,000 fundraising goal. Lower School students will once again slide on the large inflatable slides at 49th street, and Upper School students will have an opportunity to slide on the new slide in the Chen Family Lower School. 

 

Through Slide-A-Thon we hope to leave students with an understanding that no matter one's age or how much money one contributes by working in collaboration with other people, each of us can make a meaningful difference.

At the Slide-A-Thon event, Lower School classes and Upper School houses function as teams. Each team's goal is to have at least one gift made in honor of each student in the team. Students are encouraged to share their personal stories about why they love ISI and why this new building means so much to our school community. This personal touch can compel family and friends to donate. 

The planning sheet aids students in their fundraising efforts by allowing students and their families to brainstorm together about who they'd like to ask to support Slide-A-Thon. Flyers include online donation instructions and can be personalized and easily shared with prospective donors.  

Every student will have a chance to slide and receive prizes simply for joining their classmates in the day's competitions.

Lower School students will use inflatable slides at the 49th Street campus and Upper School students will have the opportunity to ride the slide in the Chen Family Lower School on the Michigan Road campus. Students will participate in classes in the Lower School and in grade levels in the Upper School.

ACCESS ONLINE FORM

Go to bit.ly/SlideForISI22. Complete a separate form for each student you wish to support.

HONOR YOUR STUDENT

You will receive prompts to provide the amount you wish to give, the student you are giving in honor of, and to select the student's current class (for Lower School) or grade level (for Upper School) from a drop-down list. The student being honored, as well as the student's class, will receive credit for the contribution.

COMPLETE YOUR GIFT

Enter in your contact information and payment information and submit.

Families can work together to create a list of friends and loved ones who might be willing to help students reach their fundraising goal. Students can personalize the Slide-A-Thon flyer and provide it to prospective supporters. 

MAKE A PLAN

ASK FOR SUPPORT

Click to visit: Slide-A-Thon 2021 Photo Album