Eric Child (center, above) revised his estate plan, making Kirby School a beneficiary of his trust, benefiting the tuition assistance program at Kirby School and helping future generations of students to realize their dreams.
Mr. Child's connection to Kirby School is through a Kirby alumnus, Trevor Park '17. Mr. Child, a life-long train enthusiast, met Trevor when he was just 6 years old, along with Trevor's parents, Malcolm and Mary Park, at the MAH toy train show in 2006. Their introduction galvanized Trevor's interest in trains. With support from Trevor’s parents, Eric and Trevor went on to construct the Fern Creek and Western Garden Railroad, a spectacular model railroad that occupies most of Mr. Child’s garden at his home on Ocean View Ave. Read about Trevor and Eric's endeavors in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Ten years later, Mr. Child attended Grandparents and Special Friends Day at Kirby School as Trevor's guest. His experience was profound.
During his youth, Mr. Child attended a different school nearly every year and left him feeling that he didn’t have a school he could call his own. Grandparents and Special Friends Day showed him what belonging looks like. Kirby became his forever school.
“There are so many worthwhile things you can do, so when I began thinking about my estate and its impact, I looked at many of the non-profits in the area–all of them doing truly important work. Yet, as I thought about what is important to me, and how I could do more than affect an immediate need, I focused on education. It was at about the same time that I attended Grandparents and Special Friends Day with Trevor and saw Kirby School first-hand; its classrooms, its faculty, how it works. I was truly impressed with every teacher I met. I saw how Kirby School isn’t just teaching kids, it’s teaching kids to think. It was then that I realized the best thing I could do was to support Kirby School,” said Mr. Child.
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