On April 29 Teré Aceves, director of K-8 volunteer programs, led the first yearly series of Harker Parent Volunteer Workshops along with Sue Prutton, director of upper school volunteer programs. Aceves said the goal of the workshops was “to create awareness of the different volunteer opportunities in the school as well as to share with the parents the value of volunteering.”
The workshops were very successful, as evidenced by the high attendance and enthusiasm from the parents who participated. Approximately 140 parents arrived for the workshops, 60 parents from the lower school and 80 from the middle and upper schools. While there were some long-time volunteers who took part, most of those in attendance were brand new volunteers, a key indicator of high parent interest. This is great news for the Harker community as many of the school’s popular programs, such as robotics and debate in the upper school, and activities, like the Lunar New Year celebration in the lower school, are dependent on parent volunteers.
The workshops will become a yearly fixture at Harker, in order to bring more of these invaluable volunteers into the community. If you missed the workshop, or wanted to get more information about how to volunteer, email Aceves at firstname.lastname@example.org.