My name is Gina Johnson and I have the pleasure of serving you as the Donoho Parents’ Association (DPA) President for the 2020-21 school year. My son, Brayden is an 8th grader and has attended The Donoho School since 6th grade. My daughter, Arabella is a 3rd grader, and has attended Donoho since 1st grade. Our family lives in Anniston. My husband, Mark, and I oversee operations at the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Beginning a new school is often times very difficult. The Donoho family welcomed us with open arms.
The DPA holds meetings the second Tuesday of every other month at 8 a.m. This year we will be meeting in Donoho Joe or outside at the Upper School if weather permits. 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. For our new parents, this is a great way to meet other parents and get involved.
One of the daily services the DPA provides is our lunch program. While COVID-19 halted our lunch program for the beginning of school, we are excited to announce as of September 8, Chick Fil A will be providing lunch on Tuesdays. Donoho faculty will be handing the distribution in house while they test the process. When the lunch program is allowed to fully resume we will need parent assistance. Without parent involvement, this program simply is not possible. The simple task of serving lunch once or twice a month takes just a little bit of time and zero preparation.
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.
We have all been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Rest assured the DPA is working closely with our school administration to find safer ways to host events. While all events may not look like they have in the past, the DPA is doing everything we can to continue the tradition so many have become accustomed.
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 8th 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 (256) 591-2170 with questions or to get involved.
Mom to Brayden, class of ‘25 and Arabella, class of ‘30