As native Atlantans and passionate philanthropists, Amy and Ronnie Agami have loved seeing how members of the community work together and support one another, particularly at Pace Academy—a community they joined in 2014, when their oldest child, Zach Agami ’27, enrolled in Pre-First.
The couple’s Pace connection extends back to their childhoods. Both recall coming to the Fall Fair, even though they didn’t attend the school. “Pace has been on my radar as long as I can remember,” Amy explains. “Even as a child and an outside onlooker to Pace, it seemed like such a warm, welcoming and happy place.”
When it was time for the Agamis to look at schools for their children, they had that same feeling. “Amy and I could not wait for our children to start at Pace,” Ronnie explains. “We loved everything about it from the moment our family stepped on campus.” The couple’s younger children, Jill Agami ’29 and Noah Agami ’31, also began in Pre-First.
“As a Pace family, we know that our initial feelings about the school were true,” Ronnie says. “From academics to arts to athletics, the Pace family is second to none. Now we just need our facilities to match all our school has to offer. We have had a great start with much of our campus. We cannot wait to see how incredible the school looks and feels when the Lower School and Castle have been updated.”
Amy says, “Growing up, my parents always emphasized giving back to the community. The Accelerate Pace campaign is an opportunity to show appreciation for all Pace has done for our family and community, and give back to the school we love.”
As a former educator, Amy is especially excited to bring the facilities up to the level of Pace’s education. “The new building will provide our incredible teachers the spaces and tools they need to support their teaching. Not to mention, the kids will feel pretty special, too! Additionally, students become more motivated learners when their surroundings feel up to speed.”
Amy and Ronnie have both been actively involved in Pace. They have served as classroom volunteers and grade reps, and have supported The Pace Fund, Booster Club, Auction and other giving opportunities. Amy will also co-chair the Fall Fair in October 2020. They wanted to become involved in a different way, and the Accelerate Pace campaign is “the perfect way,” Ronnie says.
“We believe that one of the most important aspects of Pace is the welcoming and accepting climate families find here,” he adds. “Once you are a part of Pace, it feels like home. It’s refreshing to be in a place like this—we have made so many friends here. This campaign is a great chance to energize our very special community and make it even better.”