The combined efforts of Ravenscroft’s five parent-led organizations drew scores of parents, grandparents and guardians to the Keim Center for Innovation and Research on Friday, Aug. 26, to learn about how to get involved on campus.
The schoolwide Volunteer Fair — the first fully in-person fair since 2019 — featured information tables from 15 parent groups and committees, staffed by volunteers eager to encourage new and returning families to deepen their involvement in the Ravenscroft community through service and support.
Volunteer leaders were joined by Head of School Doreen Kelly, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs Justin Brandon and all three division heads.
In her remarks to the group, Kelly welcomed the many new families who were present and reiterated how central to the school’s success a strong and vibrant community is. “Volunteers, and in particular parent volunteers, are a significant part of what makes our community special and strong. Thank you for all that you do and the time and energy you put into our community,” she said.
Kelly also took the opportunity to introduce the new Director of Protective Services, Tommy Vestal, before handing the program over to Brooke McDaniel, Director of Parent Engagement and New Family Liaison. McDaniel then introduced this year’s parent-group leaders:
Kate Rigsbee, Fine Arts Association
Alba Beske, Global Parent Ambassadors
Alicia Petty, Parents Supporting Diversity and Inclusion
Christina Woelffer and Tracey Zola, Parents’ Association
Kelley Foster, Ravens Athletic Club
Fund For Ravenscroft parent co-chairs Chantelle Fofaria and Megan Baldwin were also recognized and hosted a table to welcome and engage interested volunteers.
As attendees made their way around the room, visiting the many creatively decorated tables — from the Lower School Book Fair committee to The Croft, which provides meals and other support to families during challenging times — the laughter and chatter suggested even the newest Ravenscroft families were making connections.
“The atmosphere was fun and inviting!” Petty said of the event. “What a great opportunity this was to meet parents and share what PSDI has to offer as a parent group. We are looking forward to making connections with everyone we met at the volunteer fair.”
Foster said she was thrilled with the turnout. “The atmosphere was full of positive energy! Each of the parent groups did an amazing job of showcasing how parents can get involved in a variety of ways within the school community,” she said.
McDaniel added that the opportunities for connection and involvement at Ravenscroft this year are just beginning.
“We invite all interested parents and guardians to attend meetings and join committees to plan the activities and events that make Ravenscroft such a special community,” she said. “All five parent-led groups share their meeting details and any upcoming volunteer needs in the Parent Involvement section of the Ravenscroft Weekly — and it’s our goal to make sure there’s something there for everyone.”