The St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association, more commonly referred to as SAPA, is an energetic, active organizational community made up of all parents of St. Andrew’s students. Our purpose is to facilitate parental understanding of the school’s goals and achievements, and to provide enrichment, parental support, and financial assistance to all aspects of the school.
SAPA has three major fundraisers each year: Farm to Table, Arts on the Green, and Starry Night. These events collectively raised over $170,000 last year, and those funds will directly support our school where tuition proceeds fall short. SAPA provides the school with both tangible goods, such as new furniture, supplies, and signage, as well intangible support, such as providing payment for speakers at upper school assemblies and providing funds for parent functions. SAPA contributes to the annual fund, and has pledged $40,000 a year to Forward Saints for the next five years.
Additionally, SAPA funds also support several community outreach efforts and events, including: Earth Angels, Safe Saints, Faculty Hospitality, the Used Uniform and Book Sale, Classroom and Grade parties, and Back to School Night. These smaller efforts and events, which are entirely produced through the efforts of SAPA volunteers, strengthen our school and community, and provide wonderful opportunities for interaction with teachers and school leaders.
SAPA recognizes that we are a diverse group of parents with different talents, interests, and time commitments: some of us work outside the home, others not; some of us run our own businesses or manage busy practices, and others have full schedules ferrying children from one extracurricular activity to another. Regardless of personal situation, opportunities abound for support and involvement in the SAPA community.
For those of you who have volunteered with SAPA in the past, thank you – your support is critical to the success of St. Andrew’s! For those of you who’ve yet to join participate in SAPA, please join us in making the best school in Mississippi even better!