Elizabeth Walker Schroeder '61


“My broad experiences at Park, along with the curiosity and self-confidence I gained there made me who I am today,” Libby said. Prior to Libby’s death in 2008, she made a visit to Park and presented the school with a generous gift to support the Walker Family Fund.

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In 1918, at the age of five, Charles Walker began what has become one of the longest family relationships with The Park School. As a member of the class of 1931, his graduating class was the first to include boys. And his ties to Park culminated in the establishment of the Walker Family Fund, the result of a $250,000 bequest received by Park in 2001.

His daughter, the late Elizabeth Walker Schroeder, knew well the long history her family shared with The Park School. She recalled fondly the stories her father would tell of his years at Park and the impact it had on his life.

“As young girls, my sister and I heard about the old days at Park: how our dad learned to write with mittens on in the outdoor school…how he traveled to school on a trolley. He learned many valuable non-academic skills the way we all did…All of those tales were magical…,” Elizabeth, known as “Libby,” recalled.

Community service, school, and friendships were highly regarded by the family. “We were fortunate enough to have such comfortable lives and giving back to the local community was part of our responsibility…I grew up at Park and feel as though I was very blessed to go there for so many years…I am very excited that we can help other students attend.”

The Walker Family Fund endows two partial need-based scholarships to a qualified middle and upper school student as well as an annual grant to a faculty member for professional development.

“My broad experiences at Park, along with the curiosity and self-confidence I gained there made me who I am today,” Libby said. Prior to Libby’s death in 2008, she made a visit to Park and presented the school with a generous gift to support the Walker Family Fund.

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Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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