Supporting Stevenson PACT
Stevenson PACT parents support the school on many levels and in many ways. Built on the philosophy that children will be more successful when their parents are involved in their education and work closely with teachers, Stevenson parents are encouraged to embrace the opportunities to engage with the teaching and learning at the school and support the mission and vision of the school.
In order to educate the whole-child in a collaborative community, as our mission states, we find a wide range of ways parents can partner with the school. We recognize that all parents play a central role in the education of their children and want to leverage that experience and knowledge to make our school a better and more vibrant place to learn. To achieve this unique mission and its results, Stevenson families are asked to:
- Support classroom learning by volunteering 2 hours per week and holding a classroom job.
- Participate in a school-wide committee and support community events (average 3 hours per month).
- Attend 10 hours of parent education training before aiding in the classroom (for new parents only).
- Drive and/or chaperone 3 offsite learning trips each year.
- Support the PACT Foundation with an annual contribution at a level that is comfortable for your family.
As a public school we recognize the power of diversity and seek to actively recruit and support a diverse group of families. We find ways to make volunteerism accessible for your needs— there are opportunities to contribute in most areas both during school hours and outside school hours including from home. Parents work closely with teachers and class coordinators to find the best volunteer match that suits parents' talents, interests, and availability.
PACT Foundation Committees - School-wide Volunteering
The PACT Foundation oversees the volunteer efforts in support of the community. Parents are asked to join one of the school-wide committees and spend approximately 20-30 hours volunteering over the course of the entire year. Committee jobs are organized in a way to provide opportunities for parents who prefer to volunteer during the day and parents who prefer to work from home, after hours, or on the weekends. Through the committee placement process, our committee coordinator tries to make the best match given parents preferences.
Committees vary slightly from year to year but generally include: Arts Focus, Fundraising, Walkathon, Parent Education, Staff Appreciation, Garden/Cooking, Publicity and Outreach, Project Cornerstone, Babysitting, Library, and Social/Community Events.
To cover the costs of Stevenson’s progressive education program, the school relies on the generous support of every family. The PACT Foundation has a philosophy of minimizing the number of fundraising requests that are made of parents, preferring to ask parents for a one-time annual gift. Donations support teacher development, the classroom supplies needed to provide a rigorous hands-on education, and important programs such as project-based learning, off-site learning experiences, Arts Focus, garden, cooking, and campus-wide events.
The annual Walkathon is our primary community fundraiser and most exciting all-school event of the year. Students of all grades walk laps around campus, collecting donations from family, friends, and neighbors for each circuit they complete. Walkathon represents a tremendous grass-roots effort as hundreds of families come together to support their own school. All parents are asked to participate in the Walkathon both by volunteering on the day of the event and helping to obtain donations.