This article was originally published in the fall 2012 Harker Quarterly.
Harker parents became better acquainted with the school’s vibrant community by bonding with fellow parents and exploring the many volunteer opportunities available during a series of recent back-to-school events which kicked off the new year.
On hand at all events were current parent volunteers and advancement office personnel to welcome newcomers and answer any and all questions about volunteering.
At the lower school, immediately following drop-off on Aug. 31, was a special breakfast for parents, with volunteer information and sign-up sheets on display.
Additionally, there were other welcome events affording new and returning parents the opportunity to mingle, including an elementary school-age barbecue, kindergarten barbecue and lower school parents-only coffee and social time.
Meanwhile, on Aug. 27, middle school parents enjoyed a breakfast at the Blackford multipurpose room immediately following the parent orientation, where volunteer information and sign-ups were available. And on Sept. 6, upper school parents had the opportunity to attend a volunteer informational breakfast in the Nichols Hall atrium.
“These happenings are a fun and important way for new parents to become a part of the Harker community by getting involved and learning from returning parents,” said Teré Aceves, who directs K-5 volunteer programs.