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PreK/K Playdate Is “Just the Beginning” for FFR Volunteers


A grid of photo showing children and their parents on Izzy's Playground

At top: Older Ravens at the event keep the Little Ravens company as they play; FFR parent co-chairs Chantelle Fofaria (at left) and Megan Baldwin (second from right), Head of Lower School Jen Baccus (second from left) and Director of Annual Giving Kayla Thomas (at right) post with Edgar the Raven. At bottom:  PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students and their families enjoy snacks and fun on Izzy’s Playground.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, nearly two dozen PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students and their families met Edgar the Raven for the Little Ravens at Play on Izzy’s Playground. The event was hosted by volunteers for the Fund For Ravenscroft and Director of Annual Giving Kayla Thomas, with Head of Lower School Jen Baccus joining in the fun.

“The Fund For Ravenscroft team featured many favorites that helped amplify our Little Ravens’ excitement at the event. Food, Kona Ice and the famous Ravenscroft mascot, Edgar, ramped up the fun,” volunteer Shannon Gill, whose son is in Kindergarten, said. 

The morning also gave parents and guardians of our youngest Ravens the opportunity to meet and visit with one another, enjoy different activities on the playground and learn about how the Fund For Ravenscroft provides additional financial resources to support and supplement many key initiatives across campus.

“The event provided parents with insight into our mission, vision and goals,” Gill said. “The team provided testimonials that captured the heart of Ravenscroft and built stakeholder buy-in. The event was a success.”

For Gill and the other Fund For Ravenscroft volunteers recruited by parent co-chairs Megan Baldwin and Chantelle Fofaria, getting behind a fundraising effort that makes such a difference for students, faculty and staff was easy.

“The Fund For Ravenscroft embodies why my family joined the Ravenscroft community,” Ashley Johns, who has a son in kindergarten, said. “Our teachers support our children every day and help them to learn and grow. FFR is how we as parents can give back to those teachers who are helping to shape our childrens’ future. It helps our teachers realize their dreams or passions with tools and knowledge that directly impacts our students and this community. It supports the full circle of commitment we as a community make to each other as Ravens.”

With a fall giving campaign now underway, these volunteers are looking forward to sharing their message with all Ravenscroft families.

“The committee works tirelessly to support the Ravenscroft community. Families and students see our committee’s presence at school activities and events, and our involvement encourages support,” Gill said. “The FFR team is blazing a trail in annual giving, and I am so proud.”

“Saturday was just the beginning of the great work we as a community will achieve this school year,” Johns concluded. “We played hard, we dream big and the sky’s the limit in what we can achieve together.”