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The Paci Family's generous pledge 

to match all new gifts of $25,000 or more

helped us reach and exceed $10 million.


The Commonwealth community rose to the challenge and fulfilled this match. Thank you to the Paci Family and to everyone who was inspired by their generosity.


Commonwealth School became a part of the Paci family's life in 1974, when Chris entered the tenth grade. Mary and Piero Paci sought a school for their children that combined a strong sense of community with the highest intellectual aspirations. As a boy, Piero attended the academically rigorous, local liceo classico in his hometown of Assisi, Italy. In Commonwealth he recognized a familiar commitment to excellence in education.


Over forty-five years later, Commonwealth remains important to the family. Chris graduated in 1977, followed by sister Myra in 1983. In 1989, Piero passed away after a short battle with cancer. Moved to honor his commitment to education, Mary and her children, Chris, '77, Stefano (Concord Academy, 1980), and Myra '83, established a scholarship fund at Commonwealth in Piero's name. Over the last thirty years, nineteen students have attended Commonwealth thanks to support from the Pierfranco Paci Scholarship Fund.

The Power of a Vision: A Campaign for Commonwealth will ensure that future generations of students have the opportunity that inspired Piero and Mary to choose Commonwealth almost a half a century ago.

"With this pledge we hope to inspire fellow members of the Commonwealth community to join us in supporting students who otherwise would not have the means to attend this unique and special school, thereby providing them a first-rate foundation for college and for the passionate pursuit of their life paths."



This matching challenge has concluded.

To learn more about supporting The Power of a Vision,

contact Alisha Elliott '01, Director of Advancement.

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