The vibrant Home & School (H&S) Association of parent volunteers have once again proven to be integral to our thriving WFS community.
These dedicated parents and caregivers have not only fostered a deeper sense of unity among us, but also serve those in the wider Wilmington community.
In 2022-23, Home & School was able to bestow a generous end-of-year gift to the WFS Annual Fund this season. This was made possible due to the hard-earned funds raised throughout the year. The donation included $4,500 in unrestricted Annual Fund gifts and a gift of $17,050 for capital improvements benefiting every division of our school.
The H&S Used Book Sale in February was a rousing success under the direction of parent co-clerks Megan Ede and Katie Van Druff ‘96. With the help of tireless volunteers, the Used Book Sale not only raised over $3,300, but also donated more than 2,500 children’s books to local schools and community organizations. Our community came together in the Middle/Upper School Meeting Room, sifting through a treasure trove of books, movies, and games. We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated and made this event a success.
February was a month of celebrations, as our H&S Parents for Multiculturalism (PFM) Committee held a delightful in-person multicultural potluck. PFM clerk Kendra Okolo collaborated with Erica Childs, the Director for Equity, Justice, Community for the WFS community, to make this event a memorable one.
Fast forward to May, the Lower School Spring Scholastic Book Fair brought joy and smiles to our little ones. On Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the students explored a world of stories at our carnival-themed event, raising record funds this year. A big shout out to clerk Kameron McConnell and our parent volunteers for their tireless efforts (pictured right).
As we neared the end of the semester, H&S expressed its appreciation for our WFS faculty and staff with surprise treats during Teacher Appreciation Week and special luncheons (pictured bottom left, teachers and staff at the lower school luncheon). We're immensely grateful to Susanne Handling and Kristin Jenney for organizing the lower school events. We also extend our thanks to Laura Rossi, Dara Shipp, Tracy Burleigh, and Leah Heckles, who took care of the luncheon for middle and upper school faculty and staff. Our heartfelt gratitude to Fola Adebi and Kellen Amobi for setting up the special breakfast treats during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Throughout spring, our dedicated H&S Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR) Project parent volunteers were busy preparing meals for those in need in downtown Wilmington. Under the leadership of co-clerks David and Kristine Tuttleman, they served up to 200 people each month and continued their service through the summer.
Home and School also warmly embraced the new families joining our WFS community. Parent Ambassadors Meghan Pixley ‘03 and Heather Jackman extended a warm welcome to the newly admitted families at Admissions Office events in June, and pledged their continued support over the summer and into the fall.
Our cherished Quaker Closet consignment store was in full swing throughout the academic year. We were thrilled to see new faces among our volunteers and shoppers and were equally delighted to see many familiar ones return. The "QC" was the highest-grossing H&S fundraiser this year, all thanks to our generous donors, shoppers, and a dedicated group of volunteers. A special mention to co-clerks Kendra Okolo and Lisa Pisano for their continuous efforts.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered with H&S and supported this year’s events. We are indebted to outgoing clerks Jodi Bettler and Fola Adebi (pictured left) for their tireless contribution to the WFS community, and to this year’s H&S Executive Committee: Kellen Amobi, Amanda Singleton Hay ’95, Heather Jackman, Meghan Baczkowski Pixley ‘03, Adrienne Lenz, Kendra Okolo, Aurora Phillips, and, Erin Lockard for their undying dedication and leadership.