Parent Service Organization

Welcome to the Parent Service Organization!

The Athens Academy Parent Service Organization (PSO) is a dedicated group of parent volunteers who work with the school’s administration to enhance the quality of programs and academic life offered at Athens Academy.

Parental involvement at Athens Academy began with the founding of the school in 1967 and continued with the formation of the PSO in 1983. Since its inception, the PSO has provided a structured program of support for parent volunteers to share their time and talents for the benefit of Athens Academy. All Academy families are part of the PSO and are encouraged to contact the chairperson of any PSO-sponsored event to become involved.

Opportunities to Get Involved

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  • Art Project

    This fundraiser makes use of our children’s art work to create note cards, magnets, and other items for purchase. These unique items make fabulous gifts for grandparents and friends.
  • Cash Back Programs

    Amazon, Kroger, Ingles, Office Depot, and Publix are working with Athens Academy to provide cash-back programs for school projects, and our community has shown tremendous support for these programs! Our goal this year is to have as MANY parents as possible participating! Click the links for information on how to enroll or re-enroll for each program: Publix PartnersKroger TopCashbackAmazon Smile
  • Faculty & Staff Appreciation Days

    Several times a year, parent volunteers provide a variety of special treats to show our appreciation for all of our teachers and staff.
  • Festival Day

    This fun event has been an Athens Academy tradition for over 40 years and includes students, parents, teachers, and community visitors. The day begins with musical entertainment by Pre/Lower School students followed by a fun carnival with games and booths of all types. Family fun is the focus of this event with a day of activities that promote school spirit and provide an open campus for visitors to visit Athens Academy in a casual atmosphere.
  • Grandparents & Special Friends Day

    Each fall, students in grades K3-6 welcome and entertain grandparents and special friends. A morning program features musical entertainment, and following the performance all guests are invited to visit in the classrooms. This event brings many visitors to the Athens Academy campus and is truly one of the most special days of the year!
  • Holiday Decorating

    Parents are always eager to help decorate the Athens Academy campus with greenery, wreaths, and Christmas trees in early December.
  • Holiday Market

    Artists and artisans from all over the region participate in this fun market, offering everything from handmade jewelry and scarves to home décor and pottery. Volunteers man the hospitality suite and offer support to vendors throughout the day.
  • Lower School Library Helpers

    Lower School Library Helpers volunteer in the Lower School library/media center, helping students find books, running the checkout desk, re-shelving materials, and assisting in the library workroom. Students love to see a parent or grandparent volunteer during their time in the library!
  • Parents' Days (By Division)

    These events are designed to welcome parents, give them an opportunity to get involved with the PSO, and help them learn more about the school year ahead. The PSO will offer parents the opportunity to sign up to volunteer for a wide variety of events that will be held throughout the year.
  • Post-Planning Luncheon

    Held on the last day of faculty post-planning week, this luncheon features a casual, catered meal for all the School’s employees. Employee service recognition and presentation of PSO donations to the school are part of this event.
  • Spartan 5K & Spartan Sprint

    Held every year in early February, the Spartan 5K has been an Athens Academy tradition for over 30 years! The race follows a course through the adjacent neighborhoods and ends at the main Spartan Lane gate. Participants include Academy students, parents, and family members as well as runners from all over Georgia. The one-mile Spartan Sprint fun run is held following the Spartan 5K. Walkers are welcome in both events.
  • Uniform Resale

    The PSO is pleased to offer uniform resales periodically throughout the year. Donate your gently used uniforms to the bins in the Sinkwich Spartan Center, the Chambers Center, or the Lower and Middle School division offices.
  • Welcome Committee

    Our Welcome Committee volunteers help new families learn what to expect on the first day of school, answer their questions, and make connections and new friends! They serve as an important resource for our newest Spartans.

2021-2022 PSO Leadership

Officers & Executive Committee
Chair: Kathryn Rodrigue
Co-Chair: Katherine Alexander
PSO Coordinator: Sarah Gilbert
P/LS Rep: Sarah Peterson
MS Rep: Heather Lavender
US Rep: Mary DeLoach
Athletic Advisory Rep: Elizabeth Johnson
Fine Arts Rep: Heather Lavender

Committee Chairs
Art Project
Natalie Collar (chair) 

Cash Back Programs
Lauren Gober (chair)
Katie Ryan (co-chair)

Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Caroline Kinney (chair)
Laura Hixon (co-chair)

Festival Day

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Lisa Hollingsworth (chair)

Holiday Decorating
Katie Pryor (chair) 
Marie Gareau (co-chair)

Holiday Market (November 18, 2021)

Julee Schoenfeld (chair)
Stacy Stephens (co-chair)

Lower School Library Helpers

Ginger Hriczo (chair)

Parents’ Days 2022-23

Emmy Scruggs (chair)

Post-Planning Luncheon

Wendy Butler (chair)

Spartan 5K & Sprint
Jordan Mixson & Lauren Pike (chairs)

Uniform Resale
Kelli Dean (chair)
Ramsey Bridges (co-chair)

Welcome Committee

Carrie Raeber (chair)

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