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Michael Young's letter: Dear ? Is there a possibility that you could be free on 26th January 2001 ? If so, I hope you will come at 6 p.m. on that day to the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords. On that evening an Appeal is to be launched by the Phoenix Education Trust, a new charity that has been set up to support and promote the kind of education which has grown out of the old Dartington Hall School. Initially the Appeal aims to support two small schools, Park School (ages 3- I I ) and Sands School (ages I I - I 6), which emerged directly out of the closure of Dartington Hall School and have kept alive and developed the tradition. To many children and their parents they seem to be lights in the current educational gloom. The Appeal will set up proper bursary funds for children who would otherwise be turned away for lack of money. Then it will move on to advance these ideas within the broader field by creating a new Educational Centre to research and promote further compatible initiatives, both in this country and abroad. The Appeal is to be for £ I million and we shall be sending out an Appeal brochure later on. I look forward to welcoming you should you wish to come along, have the chance to meet old friends and hear more about it. The number of places at the House of Lords is limited and will have to be given on a first come first serve basis so if you would like the necessary formal invitation please reply soon. In order not to exclude anyone we are also holding a Launch Party in Devon on the evening of the I 7 February 200 I at Foxhole, Dartington. Please let the Co- ordinator of the Phoenix Education Trust, Emma Fein, know which event you would like to come to by writing to her at the above address. Partners are also welcome. We have tried to reach as many people connected with the schools as possible but there are bound to be some that we have missed. If you know of any of these who might be interested or, still better, if you would be willing to become an Appeal Associate and write to such people yourself, please let Ernma know. I am Chairman of the Appeal. You may not know me. I was one of the first pupils of the old school in the 20's and 30's. I was for 50 years a Dartington Hall Trustee, I was the founder of the Open University and before I pass on I would like to feel that these shoots from a school embodying such great ideas behind it then can themselves be nurtured. Yours sincerely, Lord Young of Dartington
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