The Calverton School’s Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Arpana Shah and Head of School Christopher Hayes presided over the Oct. 12 dedication of the William Chaney Bunn/Monica Chaney  Memorial Field.

Huntingtown, MD – It was a beautiful day for a soccer game. Friday, Oct. 12 was Upper School Homecoming at The Calverton School in Huntingtown. For a school that treasures families, a touching ceremony prior to the varsity girls’ team’s match with Southern Maryland Christian Academy was a great time to reflect on the school’s half-century of existence.

“Everybody is here because somebody in the family values education,” said Calverton’s Head of School Christopher Hayes after the 4:15 p.m. ceremony unveiling the dedication sign. The school’s turf field—the only one of its kind in Calvert County—was officially dedicated to honor and remember William Chaney Bunn of the Class of 2009, who was a standout soccer player; and Monica Chaney, an Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ math teacher who coached soccer at Calverton. Chaney died in January 2015 a few months shy of her 50th birthday. Bunn died in March 2016 at age 24. Bunn’s other alma mater, Salisbury University, has a scholarship in environmental studies established in his honor.

In her remarks, The Calverton School Board of Trustees President Dr. Arpana Shah reflected on “what it means to be a Cougar.” Among the school’s objectives is to provide students with “well-balanced activity. We are going to bring out talents you thought you never had.” With the dedication of the turf field in Chaney and Bunn’s memories, Shah said the students now “have an amazing opportunity to remember two of our winners.”

The Chaney family members present marched on the field for the unveiling of the sign. It is through the family’s generosity that The Calverton School will soon have an athletic pavilion built in proximity to the playing fields. Hayes and Shah said school officials are hoping to soon obtain the necessary permits and site plan approvals from Calvert County officials in order to get the plan rolling. “It will give students a place to work out,” said Hayes, adding that the Chaney’s gift “is a great indication of how our families are devoted. We continue to have families who are dedicated.”

“When we lost Will and Monica too early we thought, ‘how can we help the school?’ The family decided to support the facilities,” said Rebekah Lare, a member of Calverton’s Class of 1993, who was Monica’s cousin and William’s aunt. “I went to school here and all three of my kids go here. It really is a second home to us.”

Hayes said The Calverton School continues in “growth mode,” with 23 more students than last year

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