Parent Partnership at Greenwich Academy
GA parents play an important role within our community, and it is through this partnership that our school—and students—thrive. Review ways you can be an engaged GA parent by clicking through the opportunities below, and be sure to reach out to Carolyn Russell, director of the Annual Fund, with any questions.
Every member of our community plays an active role through their philanthropic support of the school. Each gift has a powerful impact on the day-to-day experience of all Academy students, transforming an extraordinary education into an extraordinarily vast educational experience.
Inspiring a lifelong passion for learning The Annual Fund is integral to the Greenwich Academy experience; it is the common thread in every one of our leading-edge programmatic offerings. Greenwich Academy is fortunate to have a dedicated community of parents, alumnae, parents of alumnae, grandparents, and friends who, through their united support each year, further GA’s initiatives.
The Annual Fund operates on a fiscal year beginning on July 1 and closing on June 15.
Originating with the Class of 1990, the Senior Fund has become a GA tradition. Parents of seniors contribute an increased gift to this fund, which is established in on the name of each class in their senior year. The Senior Fund takes the place of the Annual Fund for parents of seniors and counts toward class participation for all grades in which senior families have daughters.
The Leading the Way campaign is a visionary investment in the future of GA that will enrich the school life and education of every GA girl, from PC to Group XII. To achieve these goals, we must rely on the generosity of all members of the GA community.
Many alumnae, parents, and faculty have expanded their support of GA through planned gifts—bequests, life insurance policies, real estate, and charitable trusts. In doing so, they are providing for future generations of GA girls and young women, while also realizing certain benefits in their financial and estate planning. The Ruth West Campbell Society was established in 1990 to recognize those individuals who have contributed to Greenwich Academy through a planned gift or have made a charitable provision for GA in their estate plans. In doing so, the donor receives an estate tax charitable deduction for that provision.
During the year, there are additional ways to give through the Greenwich Academy Parents Association (GAPA). All proceeds go to GAPA and are designated for the greatest need at the school.
This year, when you think of the GA Faculty and Staff, think "Above & Beyond" and how we can show them our appreciation! The Faculty & Staff Appreciation program (FSA) is a great way to express your gratitude to the GA teachers and staff who provide support and guidance to our girls and who have been instrumental in getting us back on campus this year. Each month, we hold a raffle for gift cards purchased from funds donated by the GA parent community. Please make a donation here. Donations are billed directly to student billing accounts. Your donations are also used to purchase raffle gifts for the FSA Breakfast to be held in April 2021. In addition, we accept items such as gift cards from Visa, AMEX, Amazon, grocery stores, local restaurants, and retail stores. To learn more about getting involved in FSA, contact Victoria Williams and Jane Sprung.
In a typical year, there is a benefit each spring with funds going toward a designated need at GA. This year, GAPA is planning to bring the GA community together for a fantastic celebratory event on May 8, 2021. While event details are still TBD, we are actively seeking volunteers to join our planning committee; it will be a wonderful way for parents to stay connected to GA while we are more removed from campus this fall. Click here to sign up.
Questions: Contact Benefit co-chairs Jocelyn Dimsey and Rachel Robison.
Shop the Clothing Nook (students only) and donate gently used uniform items. By shopping and donating you are both practicing sustainability and supporting GAPA and GA.
Questions: Email Clothing Nook Co-Chairs Megan Kearney and Ipek Techar.
Greenwich Academy Parents Association (GAPA)
The Greenwich Academy Parents Association—known as GAPA—is an organization of parent volunteers dedicated to helping the administration, faculty, and students in promoting the purposes of Greenwich Academy and enhancing school activities and facilities through service and fundraising. All GA parents and guardians are members of GAPA.
The GAPA Board, along with committee volunteers, supports the GA community through a variety of services, programs, and events.
Annual Giving Committees
Join a group of parents committed to outreach on behalf of the GA Annual and Senior Funds. Through calls, emails, and texts you will rally fellow parents to support this yearly effort that impacts the day-to-day experience of our students. Each year we kick-off the funds with a phonathon and aim to be wrapped up with parent outreach by April. A fun and meaningful way to meet other GA families.
For many years the Alumnae Office has engaged with alumnae of all ages and across many professional fields to facilitate networking opportunities. Recently we have begun to work with upper school students, primarily juniors and seniors, to assist them in finding opportunities for exposure to professional fields in their areas of interest. In addition to Senior Career Day which has become a popular annual tradition, we also facilitate informational interviews, shadowing opportunities and even internships between current students and alumnae as well as other members of the broader GA community, including current parents and parents of alumnae. We also started organizing Student Career Weeks in fields such as Finance, Marketing/Advertising and Publishing/Journalism where students select an industry and visit a different organization each day, for a week, in that field. Because of the great success of these efforts, and a demand to work with increasing numbers of students and alumnae, we decided to formalize the program and so the Career Resource Center (CRC) program was born.
GA relies on its robust network of GA community members to serve as a resource for our students and alumnae seeking career advice and opportunities. Mentorship can span myriad levels of engagement including:
- Professional advice
- Networking connections
- Referrals and recommendations
- Shadowing experiences
- Participation in workshops and panel discussions
- Hosting career exploration days
- Research placements
- Short-term positions
- Full-time jobs
If you or your company is interested in offering any of the above services or opportunities to GA students/alumnae, please complete the Mentor Inquiry Form below, or contact Director of Career Resource Center, Donna Byrnes, 203-625-8976. Registered mentors are able to post their own jobs to the job board and can connect with mentees directly through the GA Connect.
The CRC is currently hosting GA Connect: impactTALKS with industry leaders and change-makers. impactTALKS cover a variety of topics and are attended by students in their junior or senior year and alumnae of all ages.