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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, 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.
  • Library/Media Center Volunteers

    Media Center volunteers work in the Preschool, Lower School, or Middle and Upper School Media Centers during school hours. Volunteers work the circulation desk, answer questions, help students, direct visitors, and provide other assistance as needed.
  • 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.
  • Pre/Lower School Book Fairs

    These events are highly anticipated by the Pre/Lower School students. Parent volunteers assist in organizing, setting up, and running these events.
  • SparDADS

    SparDADS offers Academy fathers the opportunity to get involved with their children and the school in an important and meaningful way. Whether you’re a father to one or to six, boys or girls, young or old, we hope you’ll join us. Throughout the year, events will likely include guest speakers, father-child service events, networking breakfasts/lunches, and more.
  • 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. Donated your gently used uniforms to the bins in the Sinkwich Spartan Center, the Chambers Center, or the Lower and Middle School division offices.

2018-2019 PSO Leadership

Officers & Executive Committee
Chair: Leslie Dorris
Co-Chair: Kelli Dean
PSO Coordinator: Sue Williams
PS/LS Rep: Sarah Peterson
MS Rep: Carrie Raeber
US Rep: Tanya Adams
Athletic Advisory Rep: Katherine Moseley

Committee Chairs
Art Project
Courtney Ewing (chair) & Angela Mabry (co-chair)
 
Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Suzanne Kilgore (chair) & Elizabeth Johnson (co-chair)
Laura Thorsen (US)
Stacey Stephens (MS)
Ashley Smith (LS)
Katie Pryor (PS)
Carrie Raeber (Admin) 

Festival Day 
Anna Johnson & Katie Thieme (chairs)
Kenia Coley & Laura Hixon (co-chairs)

Grandparents & Special Friends Day 

Beth Massey (chair) & Jessica Eady (co-chair)

Holiday Decorating

Heather Weaver (chair) & Kate Converse (co-chair)

Holiday Market 

Katherine Moseley (chair) & Susan Waugh (co-chair)

Lower School Library Helpers

Lauren Gober (chair) & Phyllis Niolon (co-chair)

Parents’ Days

Carrie Shepherd (chair) & Kathryn Rodrigue (co-chair)

Post-Planning Luncheon

Jill Connolly (chair) & Rachel Tribble (co-chair)

Pre/Lower School Book Fair 

Jenny Calvo (chair) & Courtney Lawrence (co-chair)

Spartan 5K & Sprint 

Katherine Alexander & Mary Clare Ewing (chairs)
Meghan Garrard & Katie Ryan (co-chairs)

Uniform Resale
Lisa Hollingsworth (chair) & Mary DeLoach (co-chair)

Welcome

Tanya Adams, Susan Ferguson, Cameron McElreath & Bitsy Quist

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