Participation by parents, teachers, grandparents, alumni, and alumni parents in many aspects of the school enhances each student’s sense of being part of a larger framework of life and the community. The Patrons’ Association provides countless hours of talent and dedication to our children, as well as sponsors memorable events for the community. Successful fund raising and friend raising provide supplemental equipment and programs, endowment growth, and child-oriented activities that might otherwise only be dreams. A cooperative partnership with parents creates close and nurturing relationships among all constituents of our school.
Touring the Academy on any given day, a visitor may see a parent helping a prefirst student write a story, or an alumni parent cataloguing books in the library, or middle school moms and dads preparing pizza lunch in the kitchen. The Patrons Association assists the Academy in organizing volunteers as classroom helpers, room parents, and committee chairs for activities, events, and fund raising.
“We have been part of the St. James Community for ten years. Whether in the classroom, working on the Pony Show, or in the Middle School play, every minute has been a wonderful adventure.”
Each year, our volunteers focus on activities for students, families, and the larger community. Every other year the Patrons’ Association holds their biggest fundraiser, a gala. This year, the Patrons’ Association is bringing South Beach to you on April 11th with the SOBE Soiree. Mark your calendars because it will be the biggest night of the year and the biggest fundraiser of the year! May brings the annual St. James Academy’s Horse and Pony Show to our fields and Pony Ring. Riders pointed in Harford and Baltimore Counties compete through out the day. Families and horsemen alike enjoy refreshments at the Lunch House, Flower Tent, horse jumping and performances.
This is only a sampling of the gifts our volunteers bring to the children, faculty, and families of the Academy. They are priceless and the heart of our school community. When you sign up to help, you will meet new friends and enrich our school. The Academy sincerely appreciates volunteers who make such a difference each year!