April 7, 2023

Dear Columbus Academy Families,

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Parents’ Association of Columbus Academy (PACA). Over time, PACA has created essential community functions on behalf of the school including the Viking Corner store, the Charlie David Dinner and other fundraising initiatives, youth sports programs, and a crucial forum through which parents can volunteer and build community.

In recent years, Columbus Academy’s resources have evolved such that PACA can modernize its vision and mission. PACA and the school have been closely collaborating to develop a more efficient and effective way to serve the parent community. Going forward, PACA will receive funding from the school to support its activities, rather than have the burden of fundraising.

Since PACA will no longer have fundraising responsibilities, the PACA Executive Committee has proposed a structural change to no longer operate PACA as a separate nonprofit entity. Instead, PACA will work with the school in the same model as the Alumni Association.

PACA will retain its leadership and important mission of community building, volunteer support, service and Viking Spirit. Parents will continue to organize, volunteer and innovate initiatives on behalf of students and the CA community, just as before. The change fortifies PACA’s vital role and positive impact on the Academy community for many years to come.

Please join us at our monthly Parent Forum on Wednesday, April 12, when we will present more information about this proposal and answer any questions you may have. We will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the fireside of the dining hall and always try to end by 9:00. If you are unable to attend but would like to ask a question, please submit this form.

You are also encouraged to attend our Parent Forum on May 10 when we will conduct a vote on this proposal.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. For more information, please visit vikingparents.org.

In Viking Spirit,
Robin & Jennifer
2022-23 PACA Co-Presidents

Robin Hammond (Jonathon ’23)
Jennifer Nester (Luke ’21, Amelia ’25)

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