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Florida woman gives $7.4 million to Oldfields School


The Oldfields School in Glencoe has received a $7.4 million gift that ranks among the largest donations in the nation to a private girls schools, a school official said.

The donation was made by Tammis Day, a member of the graduating class of 1969 who lives in Tampa, Fla. Day took a leadership role in the school's current capital campaign, which has an overall goal of $21 million by 2003, said Ret Talbot, director of publications and public relations.

"Oldfields needs to quietly walk into this century prepared for the business of educating young women," Day, a poet, playwright and member of the board of a California-based family foundation, said in a prepared statement.

She contributed $2.5 million to the campaign in October. Since then, Day has increased her commitment to $7.4 million. Part of her donation will be matched by the Willametta K. Day Foundation, bringing the total contribution to $7.6 million, Talbot said. The money will be used for faculty salaries, student financial aid, the performing arts program and campus beautification.

On April 28, members of the Oldfields community celebrated the dedication of the Tammis Day Academic Center, which includes the new Hook Day Hall and the recently renovated Caesar Rodney Hall. The Hook Day Hall includes a library and five science laboratories. The hall was named after Day's younger brother, who is deceased.

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