Parents' Association

A Letter from our DPA President: Kari Payne

Donoho Family,

My name is Kari Payne and I have the pleasure of serving you as the Donoho Parents’ Association President for the 2019-20 school year.  My son, Sam is a 10th grader and has attended The Donoho School since 8th grade. I also have a daughter, Claire, who is a 6th grader at Cleburne County Middle School.  Our family resides in Heflin, Alabama. My husband, Will, and I own a small film production company known as Water Tower Films. While transferring to a new school can be overwhelming and daunting, the Donoho community has embraced our son and welcomed us with open arms. The DPA (Donoho Parents’ Association) is an integral part of that community and welcomes those looking for opportunities to serve the school and our students. 

The DPA holds meetings the second Tuesday of every other month at 8 a.m. in the study room in the back of the Upper School library. Please accept this invitation to attend. We have an opportunity to work together as a team with the school to enhance the programs our great staff already provides.  During these informal meetings, different officers and chairmen will provide reports regarding the activities being held within our school and any upcoming events. 

One of the daily services the DPA provides is our lunch program.  Without parent involvement, this program simply is not possible. We always appreciate smiling faces willing to serve our students.  The simple task of serving lunch once or twice a month requires a small amount of time and zero preparation. You even receive payment in the form of sweet smiles and maybe even a few hugs!

Throughout the year, the DPA hosts several events in collaboration with the school.  In the fall, we will host a mum sale fundraiser, a book fair, a fall festival in the lower school and a school wide tailgate party held before a home football game.  After winter break, we will host a daddy/daughter dance, mother/son Olympics, and our largest fundraiser of the year, the annual auction. We also have Falcon Pride, an entity of DPA that works throughout the year directly with the Athletic Director, coaches and community to enhance our sports programs. 

Simply by being a member of the Donoho family makes you a DPA member! I encourage you to get involved, “engage your passion” and share your gifts; perhaps even discover gifts you didn’t know you possessed.

I’ve been immensely blessed by the Donoho family and feel extremely fortunate to give back to the family that provides so much. You are invited to attend the first meeting on September 10th at 8:00 AM to meet the DPA Steering committee, a great group of people willing to donate time to the benefit of our school, staff and most importantly, the students.  Although the meetings are during normal business hours, rest assured there are various ways to be involved even if you are precluded from attending these meetings. Feel free to call or text me at (770) 310-2487 anytime.  


Kindest Regards,

Kari Payne

Mom to Sam, class of ‘22


2019 Daddy Daughter Dance