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Dear Heritage School Alumni, Families, and Friends,


As this year draws to a close, we want to share the many ways Heritage is thriving despite the challenges created by COVID-19. In compliance with Oregon Department of Education and State of Oregon guidelines, Heritage is maintaining an active learning environment through virtual and limited in person instruction. These efforts are led by our experienced and dedicated teaching team including Chris Ross, Emily Skelding and Angela Obery, who tirelessly engage creative young minds. Through familiar tools such as literature discussion and morning meetings, as well as study and math groups, the teachers and students of Heritage continue to cultivate a sense of wonder. At the same time, Heritage is creating new ways to help students learn virtually, including volunteer led afternoon activities. The hula hoop contests and pizza parties may be virtual but the learning  continues uninterrupted.  


Today, Heritage School is an Oregon nonprofit continuing the work of educating students in the greater Salem area following the retirement of Glen and Elaine Olsen. With the ongoing support of a dedicated group of volunteers and co-founders Parvis and Maudie Samiee, the Heritage community remains steadfast in its goals of maintaining teaching excellence and engaged students. To ensure Heritage has the resources it needs to confront the challenges of today and prepares for the challenges of tomorrow, we are inviting you to join us and make a financial contribution. Please visit for information on how to donate.


As the Heritage community works on its traditional activity of supporting the St. Francis Shelter this holiday season, we know that the need in our community is greater than ever. When you think about how to support those in need, we encourage you to consider how supporting Heritage ensures access to future Heritage students. As this year has taught us, ensuring a quality education, particularly during a pandemic, is vital. Through your support, we can ensure that Heritage is equipped to provide future generations of children the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of learning.  


You may not be aware, but this year provides a unique opportunity to support Heritage. Among other benefits included in the CARES Act, even if you do not itemize deductions on your federal taxes, giving up to $300 per individual or $600 per couple may reduce your 2020 taxable income by the amount of your donation. There are additional benefits in the CARES Act all aimed at encouraging making a donation to support non profits like Heritage impacted by the pandemic. You should always contact your professional tax advisor to clarify how these benefits might benefit you. 


We hope you are happy, healthy and enjoying the holiday season. We look forward to a time when we can gather in person to share the continuing success of Heritage and the evolving plans to maintain Heritage's legacy of teaching excellence for future generations. 


Thank you for your continuing support. 




Holly Harrington,
Heritage Board President

Erich Paetsch,

Heritage Board Legal Advisor

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