Bank Street Hosts Lucy Sprague Mitchell Society Luncheon

On Thursday, March 14, Bank Street hosted an appreciation luncheon for members of the Lucy Sprague Mitchell Society, which recognizes donors who have elected to leave a legacy gift to Bank Street College. The event, which was organized by the Development and Alumni Relations Office, allowed participants to learn about the College’s latest work to advance high-quality equitable education. 

The event was hosted by Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00, President, Bank Street College; Amy Stuart Wells, Dean, Graduate School of Education; Fern Khan, Trustee; and Dr. Davia Brown Franklyn, GSE ’97, Executive Director of Early Childhood, Bank Street Education Center, who shared updates from across the College about the ways in which Bank Street is enacting the progressive vision of education set forth by founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell more than a century ago.

Following introductory remarks, guests enjoyed a special lunch with fellow donors and later had the opportunity to view select books and materials from the College’s archive. The event concluded with a tour of the School for Children led by Doug Knecht, Dean of Children’s Programs and Head of the School for Children, and Kristen Worrell, Director of Development and Alumni Relations. 

The Lucy Sprague Mitchell Society currently includes nearly 60 alumni, trustees, and donors who demonstrate a resolute commitment to the future of progressive education and creating a longstanding impact. For more information on the society and how to become a member, please contact Tracy Snyder at 212-961-3360 or tsnyder@bankstreet.edu.

Attendees included: Davia Brown Franklyn, ’97, Jim Clay, ’88, Millicent Cox, ’75, Judith Gold, ‘80, Rita Hirsch, ’72, former Ambassador John Hirsch, Dean Emerita Fern Khan, Leslie Kandell, ’61, ’42, Judith Klein, ’71, Laura Martin, ’75, Nancy McKeever, ’76, Hal Melnick, ’74, Marion Palm, ’95, Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky, ’00, Virginia Lee Ross, ’70, Graduate School Dean Amy Stuart Wells, and Mary Timson, ’93.

Scenes from the Event