Distinguished Daycrofter Award Recognizes Community Contributions

The Daycroft School Foundation continues the mission of the Daycroft School, a Christian Scientist nursery school founded by Sara Pyle Smart in 1928 in Darien, Connecticut. Over the years, the school grew, adding different grade levels until it offered a preschool through high school education. During this period, it also moved locations, first to Stamford and then to Greenwich, Connecticut. Although the school closed its doors in 1991, the Daycroft School Foundation continues to focus on its goal to “provide an educational environment which embraces the teachings of Christian Science, giving opportunity for individual unfoldment and community responsibility.” To accomplish this, the foundation focuses on four core areas: online learning, peer support, grants, and programs for Christian Scientist Educators.

In 2000, the Daycroft School Foundation established its Distinguished Daycrofter Award to recognize former students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to their communities in a way that exemplifies the Daycroft School’s motto of “Perceive Then Demonstrate.” Read on to learn more about what it takes to earn this prestigious recognition.

What are the criteria for receiving the Distinguished Daycrofter Award?

The Daycroft School Foundation instituted this award to recognize members of the Daycroft family who have positively affected other people’s lives. To earn this award, an individual must demonstrate his or her commitment to humanity, as well as an unwavering commitment to achievement by doing the following:

– Making some form of meaningful contribution to society

– Embodying the character traits that Daycroft promoted

– Displaying an appreciation for the school and the principles of Christian Science

Who has won the Distinguished Daycrofter Award?

Since it first instituted the award, the Daycrofter School Foundation has presented it only three times. The following individuals have earned this distinction:

Donald L. Koch—The foundation presented the award to Mr. Koch in 2007 for his charitable work in educating young people. A Daycroft student from elementary school through his junior year of high school, he has stated that he feels indebted to the school for teaching him about hard work and perseverance, as well as for showing him “how to think.”

Utilizing the tools he gained at Daycroft, Mr. Koch created the Donald L. Koch Foundation to help students become better citizens. To this end, it sponsors lectures on America’s founding documents and on how to reach one’s true potential. Some guest lecturers have included Dr. Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and David McCullough. The foundation also hands out copies of the Constitution to students at these events.

In addition to the efforts of his foundation, Mr. Koch gives back to his others by volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, teaching Sunday School, and paying school tuition for young people in need.

Lynn A. London—A former Daycroft faculty member and assistant head, London received the award in 2000. As Daycroft President Trude Harper presented the award to London, he praised her ability to bring “light and warmth” to the school, as well as the broader community.

Over the course of nearly 30 years at Daycroft, Lynn London earned a reputation as being someone with whom students could share their troubles without fear of being judged. After providing students with a sympathetic ear, she would encourage them to do the “right” thing and offer to help, whether they required financial, emotional, or scholastic assistance. She was also a steadfast and patient presence in the lives of everyone she worked with.

Still giving to others today, she immediately steps in to help out as soon as she hears about someone in need. Among the many recipients of her caring heart are older people, her church, and the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Janet and Cobbey Crisler—Known as “two of Daycroft’s dearest friends,” this couple received the Distinguished Daycrofter Award in 2007. Cobbey Crisler, a 1950 graduate of Daycroft, returned to serve as the institution’s president from 1966 to 1976. During Mr. Crisler’s tenure at what he often referred to as “our God-blessed free school,” his wife Janet taught at the Daycroft nursery school program.

Passionate about the Bible, Mr. Crisler began to share his passion for Scripture with others, giving talks throughout the country and guiding others on expeditions to the Holy Land. After his departure from Daycroft, Mr. Crisler focused exclusively on his Bible investigations and lectures. He also co-authored two books: Fishers of Men: The Way of the Apostles and Come See The Place: The Holy Land Jesus Knew. Janet Crisler was a full partner in her husband’s work and even co-authored her own book: Loaves and Fishers: Foods of Bible Times. She also serves the American Schools of Oriental Research as an associate board trustee.

After Cobbey Crisler’s death in 1988, Janet Crisler became an active fundraiser for various initiatives. She also established a biblical research institute to carry on the work her husband started.


The Daycroft School Foundation Grants


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Donald L. Koch is the president of Koch Asset Management and a recipient of the Distinguished Daycrofter Award, which was established in 2000 to recognize former students and faculty members of Daycroft schools for their contributions to the community. Upon receiving the award in 2007, Donald L. Koch made mention of how important he feels it is for students at Daycroft and Principia, which he attended when studying for his bachelor’s degree in economics, to make the most out of the opportunities afforded to them and to give back to their communities.

Daycroft itself aims to do this by offering grants to schools that provide education with the values of Christian Science at its core. School grants are rare in comparison to those provided to students who attend the six Christian Science camps in Canada and the United States, however, Daycroft has committed itself to helping the 14 schools all over the world that use the fundamentals of Christian Science at the core of their educational offerings.

Daycroft provides specific assistance to the children and grandchildren of Daycroft alumni students and faculty who attend Principia School, which is based in St Louis, Missouri.

Explaining Econometrics, Qualitative and Quantitative Statements

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Donald L. Koch is an economist with extensive experience and also the current president of Koch Asset Management. Prior to beginning his career, Donald L. Koch studied economics at Principia College, earning his bachelor’s degree in the subject before going on to complete his masters at Trinity College in Connecticut. One of the core areas of economics that students will encounter during their time at college is econometrics.

Econometrics relates to the practice application of mathematics, statistics, and economic theory. It is primarily used to work out how theoretical economic models can be turned into practical models that have tangible effects on the economy.

In doing this, econometricians take the qualitative statements produced by theorists in their models and develop versions that offer quantitative statements instead.

The difference between qualitative and quantitative statements is subtle but important. A qualitative statement is one that refers to a situation that can be measured with numbers. For example, saying somebody’s skin is softer after they have applied lotion it a qualitative statement.

Quantitative statements seek to bring facts and figures into the mix. Using the skin example above, a Quantitative statement would focus on the increased percentage of softness the skin has attained following the use of the lotion.

Econometricians do the same thing, only applied to economics.

Where Can One See America’s Founding Documents in Person?

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Prior to his role as the president of Missouri-based firm Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as the company’s chief economist and senior vice president. Outside of his professional life, Donald L. Koch is involved in charitable work and founded an organization dedicated to helping American citizens better understand the importance of the founding documents of the United States.

The founding documents are a collection of writings composed between 1764 and 1791, before and after the American Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the United States as a sovereign nation. Though they include many papers written by historically significant figureheads of American history, the three main founding documents are considered to be the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

Those who wish to see the founding documents in person to learn about their significance firsthand can find them on display in Washington, D.C., located within the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum. Visitors may explore the museum and study the documents independently or participate in a guided tour to learn the facts and history behind their creation. Along with these primary founding documents, visitors also are able to see other notable historical writings, including the Magna Carta and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Early Presidential Homes Offer a Personal Look at Our Past

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Koch Foundation



Donald L. Koch currently serves as president of Koch Asset Management. A multi-experienced executive in the financial industry, he focuses on securing strong shareholder positions in community-based banks across the nation. Donald L. Koch is also the founder of the Koch Foundation, through which he presents public lectures by authors and dignitaries focused on the history of America’s founding documents and principles.

One recent foundation presentation featured Clark Beim-Esche, author of the book Calling on the Presidents: Tales Their Houses Tell. Having toured every president’s home, Beim-Esche offers an inside view of their lives and accomplishments.

Almost all of our first presidents’ residences were in Virginia: George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s at Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier in the town of Orange, and Highland, the Charlottesville home of fifth president James Monroe. John Adams, the only one among the first five presidents born outside Virginia, grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and his home at Peacefield is now part of the Adams National Historical Park there.

Visitors will find a rich architectural history in these homes. For example, Mount Vernon today reveals the residence that Washington expanded from a smaller house constructed by his father into an elegant mansion of more than 20 rooms, now restored to reflect their appearance during his era. At Monticello, Jefferson built for himself a sanctuary of 43 rooms surrounded by stunning grounds, which include a vegetable garden that blossoms today with the same species he cultivated.