The Parent Association outdid themselves at the Spring Gala, earning more than ever before (20% more) to support the Diversity Scholarship Fund for the Lower School and the Hardship Fund for the Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. They also put on a gorgeous and magnificent party. Who would know that only hours before, this was the preschool gym?! Great food, great music, and great donations made this benefit a wonderful experience for all who came or bid from home. In addition to the smooth operation of the evening due to months of preparation, there were incredible talents of parents, students and teachers highlighted during the event. A parent was the DJ; other parents fed us heavenly food (we have some heavy hitting chefs among us); and parents, students AND teachers donated original, wonderful art. Additionally, annual favorites included dozens of special experiences donated by teachers, ranging from a trip with our librarian to a local book store with a donated gift certificate to dance lessons given by the Director of the Middle School Placement Program and Associate Director of Admissions.
For me this event embodied so much of the spirit of what happens at our school each day. Parents, teachers and administrators all collaborating on a project. In this case, the purpose was raising money to support the enrichment of our school by encouraging enrollment of those with a socio-economic need who may be of a group who have historically been marginalized by society due to race or ethnicity, family composition, or disability. The hardship fund is a tangible way that the PA offers compassion to families undergoing unexpected financial distress, so that the family can keep their child enrolled either until they get back on their feet or can put in place a smooth transition. In addition, the PA serves as a welcoming group of parents who invest heavily in creating a community of families who are connected to one another.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the volunteers, sponsors, contributors and bidders! It reminded me how privileged and proud I am to be a part of such an incredible school!
Head of Schools