The Minuteman Parent Association is going strong again, Minuteman High School Principal Jack Dillon says.
He lauded the newly reconstituted group for demonstrating remarkable industriousness and commitment to its mission. "They've done more in the past six months than I've seen in 12 years," he said.
The all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization is composed of parents and guardians of current Minuteman students. They assist the school by supporting student activities, publishing a student directory, giving scholarships and trade awards, facilitating parent communication, raising funds for teacher training tools and professional development, holding a monthly informational speaker series and having a presence at school events. They also help to create a positive school culture, Dillon said.
The association, which was founded years ago, is emerging from a period of inactivity because many of its most involved members left the organization when their children graduated from Minuteman. Nevertheless, Dillon and George Clement, assistant principal/director of admissions, both felt that the group serves a worthwhile purpose and deserved to be restarted. Now, with new leadership as of last May, and new members, a fresh spirit of excitement is galvanizing the organization.
"We have an unbelievable group of officers" leading the association, Dillon said. They are Sue Mullaney, president, Needham; Lea Minghella, vice president, Lexington; Susanna Vennerbeck, treasurer, Stow; Julie Onos, secretary, Acton; and Joan Fiore, member at large, Woburn.
The group got off to a lively beginning this year, thanks to several successful fund-raisers. They held a Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo Night at the Woburn Elks on Oct. 28, which raised about $5,000, drew about 170 people and generated positive feedback. The association also partnered with Minuteman to advertise and participate in the Battlegreen Run on Nov. 5.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, a "Breakfast with Santa" is planned at Minuteman. Another fund-raiser is planned for April, with details to be announced.
A free monthly speaker series hosted by the association and open to all Minuteman district parents and guardians, as well as parents and guardians of students from other local high schools, was launched in November. The first presentation was "Getting Ready for College." Upcoming presentations will include "Supporting the Mental Health of Our Students" (January), "The Impact of Vocational-Technical Education" with Governor Charles D. Baker (March) and "Raising Awareness of Drugs and Alcohol" (May).
Yet another milestone was achieved this year when the group contributed $6,000 to support scholarships for Minuteman students.
The association meets twice monthly. Membership dues are whatever each member considers appropriate. Additional information is available at www.minutemanpa.org. http://www.minutemanpa.org/
Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage to its students, expanding their opportunities for college and career success. Minuteman is as an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
This news announcement was published Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.