Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thanks to the Parents' Association

The Parents Association (PA) plays such an important role in the success of Gaston Day School. Beginning with the Back to School Dinner--once again, a great success this year--and continuing throughout the year with a series of projects and events, Parents' Association volunteers enrich Gaston Day School. Some of the more notable PA projects are the Book Fair, the Fall Festival (which is coming up this fall), and the Graduation Ceremony.
Last spring, the PA staged a fabulous Spring Gala and raised over $20,000 for Gaston Day. PA President Mimi Harmon shared a listed with me of all the things that these funds have helped purchase for Gaston Day School. Here it is:
45 motion chairs from VS America                                                                 $3,606.40
Lower School Reading Material from the Rowland Reading Foundation               $1,080.00
K Log Science Tables (Candyce Owens' Science Class)                                    $1,984.80
K Log Science Tables (Donna Baucom's Science Class)                                    $2,094.85
Sandbox for Playground                                                                                   $405.91    
31 Kindle Fires for Lower School                                                                   $5,983.93
36 Otterbox Covers for Kindle Fires                                                                $1,631.00
2 Table Charging Carts storing and transporting Kind Fires                                $1,308.78
Reading Materials, Grade K-5                                                                            $650.00
Playground Soccer Goals (coming soon!)                                                        $1,500.00
Grand Total                                                                                                 $20,245.67 
These capital purchases mean so much to our teachers and students! Thank you PA for all that you do to help the school and, in particular for the money raised in the Gala for these items.
I also want to thank the PA leadership for all the time and energy they devote to the school. Last year's PA President Monique Prato and now Mimi Harmon have been outstanding leaders, and I am personally grateful to them for their sacrifice and hard work for the school. By virtue of her position as PA President, Mimi Harmon sits on the Gaston Day School Board of Trustees where she represents parents and reports on the work of the PA. Thank you, Mimi.
For any parents interested in becoming more involved in the Parents Association, please attend the regular meetings in the Upper Dining Hall of the Henry Center and express your interest. The first meeting is Friday, September 7, at 8:00 am.   
On another matter related to Gaston Day parents, I am pleased to report that Target sent the school a check for over $500.00 that represents a corporate donation resulting from Gaston Day supporters who use their REDcard to make Target purchases and designate Gaston Day as the recipient of the resulting contributions. Thank you, GDS REDcard users! This is yet another example of the way in which you support Gaston Day School.