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Parents Auxiliary Update

Susan Evans
As we come to the close of another school year, I want to offer sincere thanks to the amazing parent volunteers who made the Parents’ Auxiliary events such a success. Hampton Stephens and Margi Patel gave us a magical Fall Festival like no other as we celebrated Diwali on the quad under thousands of twinkling lights. A few weeks later, Kristie Dobelbower and her team continued highlighting this year's country of study with a wonderful Indian-themed Scholastic Book Fair, raising funds that bolstered our library’s collection. Kathryn McDonald organized several opportunities for the Highlands community to give back in Birmingham - in the fall a large group met to clear brush at Red Mountain Park, and in the spring, an impressive number of teachers, students and parents gathered to volunteer both on campus and at five non-profits out in the community.  At the 60th Birthday party in March, Elene Giattini and Amy Neiman kicked off the school's capital campaign with an an elegant, fun evening at the Florentine that raised a whopping $150,000 for the upcoming classroom renovations. A muddy soccer field forced Erin Price's action-packed Spring Fling to the quad and gym, allowing parents to both watch their kids and actually visit with each other. Last week, Jennifer LaBorde showered our incredible hard-working teachers with food, treats, and gifts.  To wrap up the year, Ingram Barclay helped Kage and Erin schedule one of the most beloved Highlands traditions- Field Day. The memories that these events and traditions create for students and parents alike are part of what makes Highlands so very special.

As a result of PA fundraising and your generosity, the PA raised almost $11,000 this year.  As a tribute to our incredible group of teachers, it was unanimously agreed that profits from 2017-18 and 2018-19 will be going towards the design and furnishing of the teachers’ lounge in the new Student Center.

Happy, happy summer to all and cheers to Elizabeth Crawford as she takes the helm of the PA for this upcoming year!
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