The importance of volunteers to Dwight-Englewood School is highlighted in two relatively new gatherings: the Parents’ Association Volunteer Fair and the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. For more information about the D-E Parents’ Association (PA) and opportunities to volunteer and get involved, visit www.d-e.org/pa.
The PA Volunteer Fair this spring took place in a packed Hajjar Auditorium, with lines forming at virtually all the committee sign-up tables. “Our fair continues to gain momentum, motivating both current and newly enrolled families to volunteer with the School,” noted Stephanie Landau, PA president. “We have been lucky to also have great representation by all our volunteer leaders during the fair. There is tangible excitement in the air, when you hear people talking about the rewards of serving as a Class Rep; helping out at the COOP; lending green thumbs, shovels and trowels, and muscle power to our Green Garden program; rallying support for Annual Fund; assisting our librarians; or becoming a “Friend of the Arts” member who coordinates our fantastic opening night receptions. The fair helps to put all these opportunities into better perspective and better connects us all too!”
The Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast held on Leggett Field under the tent the week prior to Reunion-Commencement weekend, kicked off with welcome comments from Director of Advancement Pat Boig, who noted, “We can never repay you for all that you have given to D-E — your time, your energy, and your ideas.”
Head of School Dr. De Jarnett recognized three “happily graduating but unfortunately irreplaceable parents who have contributed literally thousands of hours to D-E”:
Bonnie Federman (mother to Shira ’15 and Eric ’09) has been a champion of parent education at Dwight-Englewood. She was a founding member of PEP, the Parent Education Partnership, and most recently served as the chair of the Parent Education Committee of the D-E Parents’ Association. Bonnie worked with Student Support Services to update the Parent Resources web page as a way to offer parents impor- tant information ranging from mental health to college transition. She has also worked closely with the Upper School office to plan invaluable student and parent programming on a variety of issues affecting our students’ lives. During her tenure as a D-E volunteer, Bonnie also worked at the COOP and the annual Book Fair.
Miki Hyun (mother of Sarah ’15) has been a leader and a mentor to the Korean American Affinity group for the past seven-plus years, serving as president from 2008 to 2010. Among many other projects, Miki was instrumental in introducing the Sejong USA teacher cultural exchange program to Dwight-Englewood and spearheading the fundraising efforts to underwrite the trip for two D-E faculty members every year for the past four years. She has chaired numerous fundraising and community building events in her home playing a large role in making the Korean Affinity Group the supportive and involved group that it is today. She has also served as a member of the Annual Fund Committee.
Lenora Klein (mother of Corey ’15 and Cameron ’14) has been at the helm of the annual Book Fair for over 12 years. Starting in the Lower School with a small bake sale, Lenora expanded the Parents’ Association main fundraiser to encompass the entire school, including a much-anticipated Raffle and Student Café. Involved with special events since 2001, Lenora revitalized the look and feel of the Fashion Show & Luncheon along with her co-chair, Robin Modell. A biennial event, the Fashion Show has contributed significantly to the Faculty and Staff Professional Development Fund over the years. Lenora has served as a vital member of the Auction Steering Committee and as chair of the Souvenir Journal for the past 12 years. This past year, Lenora was chair of the Auction Steering Committee and was an invaluable member of the 125th Gala Steering Committee in 2014. She is also a long time COOP volunteer and has served as a Class Representative throughout her children’s years at D-E. After the honorees were each given a small gift, they received a standing ovation, and these final words of thanks from Pat Boig: “We want you to know that you are simply the best of what D-E is all about.”