The Verdile dining room was filled to capacity this May for the annual Parents’ Association Year-End Breakfast. The annual event celebrates the efforts of GSB parent volunteers and brings the parent community together to look back over another successful school year. Over the past ten months, more than 250 parent volunteers have pitched in to make community-building events and fundraising initiatives a success. Because of those efforts—including the sold-out Fashion Event in November and the ever-popular tuition raffle—the Parents’ Association was able to allocate more than $70,000 to programs at the school, meeting requests from each of the school’s three divisions. Over the years, the Parents' Association has helped bring visiting artists, authors and guest speakers to the school, has contributed to new academic programs and learning opportunities, and helped fund professional development opportunities for faculty.
Head of School Sid Rowell welcomed the gathering this morning and personally thanked the parents for their myriad contributions to the school community. Echoing his remarks, PA president Cheryl Fritzlo, P '19, '21 congratulated the group on their volunteer spirit, positivity and camaraderie. She then shared some highlights from the past school year before officially bestowing the ceremonial gavel to incoming president Ann Matthews, P '16, '18, '24, who served as vice-president this year. Wendy Supron, P '17 also spoke briefly and invited everyone to take part in the Upper School Book Exchange, which helps defray the costs of textbooks for students. Attendees also had a chance to watch a video montage of PA events from the past year.
Special thanks to the co-chairs the 2016-17 breakfast: Patty Cooper, P '17, '21 and Reema Puri, P '19, '21