The Bright School Parents' Association (PA) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to cultivating a sense of community at Bright School. Community building, clear communication, and fundraising are priorities of the PA. There are many opportunities for parents at Bright School to be involved in their child’s educational process and in the greater school-wide community.
The Executive Board of the PA is comprised of a president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and five vice presidents who oversee various PA-sponsored events such as teacher appreciation, Bright Fit, Bright World, parent socials, and more. These committees give parents opportunities to get involved and support the Bright School community.
PA events are published in the Woodshop weekly newsletter for all parents at Bright School. The PA also oversees room reps who work to facilitate parent volunteers for each classroom teacher. Each fall, the PA coordinates the Charleston Wrap sale, the Parents’ Association’s biggest fundraiser. Used uniform sales, the annual Bonanza, and Box Tops are other ways the PA generates funds for gifts to enhance or support Bright School.
The PA encourages all parents to volunteer and is always available for questions or suggestions.
The 2018-19 board includes:
President: Elizabeth Jackson, parent of John '16 and Sophie '19
President-Elect: Leslie Simmons, parent of Sye ’19 and Grant ’20
Secretary: Sarah Burns, parent of Arthur '16 and Preston '21
Treasurer: Jill Rafiee, parent of Joss ’16 and Tessa ’20
Treasurer-Elect: Heidi Caputo, parent of Stone '21, Calvin '23 and Roger '26
VP I: Mercedes Bartow, parent of Davis '19
VP II: Christie Denton, parent of Caroline '22
VP III: Lucy Sawrie, parent of Chloe ’20, Luke ’21, and Max ’22
VP IV: Mary Ann Oxford, parent of Lauren ’19 and Mary Cleveland ’24
VP V: Dorothy Caplenor, parent of Sam ’23
For more information about how to get involved with the PA, contact:
Director of Advancement Kim Brown at [email protected] or 423-267-8593
Happy Cart Volunteers
The PA stocks the Happy Carts in both the main office and the Early Childhood building with snacks and drinks for faculty and staff. Parent volunteers may sign up to stock one of the Happy Carts for a week.
Reminder: The Bright School is a nut-free school. Please do not bring any nuts, food that contains nuts or peanut butter.
To sign up, visit this website.
For Happy Cart tips, download the document below. For any questions, contact Happy Cart chair Allison Cyrus at [email protected].