Darlington School: New Donor Spotlight: Simone and Jörg Janke 
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New Donor Spotlight: Simone and Jörg Janke

Julia Thomas | November 6, 2020 | 412 views

Thank you to Jörg and Simone Janke for making their first gift to The Darlington Fund this year during Parents for Purple!

Jörg and Simone Janke moved from downtown Frankfurt to Bad Homburg, a mountain city near Frankfurt after their oldest son, Adrian, was born in 2004. Jörg is currently working in executive search for an international consultancy company, Simone quit her marketing job a couple of years ago in order to be able to spend more time with kids and family.

 The Janke’s story about how they found Darlington is a great one about connections!

Having spent part of his studies at UGA in Athens, Jörg has kept close ties to Atlanta, resulting in yearly visits with the entire family. Their 2 sons have become great fans of the southern region and the American way of life. When the idea of spending a school year abroad came up, it was immediately clear for Adrian ('23) that he wanted to spend it in Georgia. Pam and Eric Anderson, dear friends from Atlanta who have family ties to both Rome and Darlington School, highly recommended Darlington to their family.

"Both the strong academic standard, the dedicated faculty and the possibility of joining your tennis program had already convinced us that Darlington School was the ideal place for Adrian," they said. "After a campus visit during our summer vacation last year his mind was made up. For him, it is a great opportunity to gain first hand experience: living and learning at a high-profile American high school, making new friends in a great community and doing what he likes most every day: playing tennis." 

When asked about giving back the Jankes shared, “We consider ourselves so lucky having found Darlington School for our son. With the entire COVID-19 situation building up in spring time it was not clear for the whole of summer if Adrian would be able to travel to the U.S. at all. The fact that Darlington decided to open its doors for onsite courses rather than online made it possible for him to apply for a student visa. We are so grateful for the cautious and yet pragmatic way that you handle this difficult situation and that you are making all these efforts to keep our students safe. We can only imagine what it must be like to take on this great deal of responsibility for all your students, faculty and staff. All this requires extra thought, time and money and we just wanted to contribute our little share to show our gratitude.”

To join the Jankes in supporting The Darlington Fund and our students, visit www.darlingtonschool.org/give and make your gift online today.