Page Alumni and Friends: Eleven Years of Giving Back

Rae Gordon, Staff Writer

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Congratulations to the Page Alumni and Friends Association on 11 successful years of existence. If you have recently looked around Page, you can see that along of things are improving. You may have noticed the courtyard in between the offices and classrooms that has been renamed the “Shipyard”. It used to be a dead space with no purpose, but thanks to the Page Alumni & Friends Association, it is now an additional lunch area. The Shipyard is not the only project that PAFA has done for us in the 11 years they have been making Page a better place.

A list of all improvements and accomplishments PAFA has had:

·         Bathroom/concessions building on the away side of the football field…$45,000

·         Auditorium Lobby…$10,000

·         Two large TVs for the Auditorium Lobby (first one was stolen)

·         Alma Pinnix Hill beautification……plantings, dripline, sweat equity……..$5,000

·         Media Center casual study area (sofa seating, bistro tables w/chairs)…$10,000

·         Flagpole…$3,000

·         Media Center books/materials…$5,000

·         20+ picnic tables…..$15,000+

·         The Shipyard…….$29,000

·         Front Office spruce up…lobby seating, TV,  three large aerial photos of Page from three different years

·         Beautification on other areas of the campus, including Treasure Island……$3,000

·         4-6 Student Scholarships every year…….$500 in the beginning, then to $750, now $1,000

·         Teacher Scholarships for Professional Development/Continuing Education

·         Two newsletters per year

·         Camera for the Yearbook Staff…$900

·         Helped ABC pay for new awnings

·         Materials for class to build art display boards….$1,000

·         Help with the Page-Grimsley Golf Tournament which has raised close to $100,000 for each of the school’s Athletic Booster Clubs in its ten tournaments

·         Funding for various ESL projects

·         Funding to host Page Lunch  and Learn for area politicians

·         Page Cares…..$5,000+

·         Gold and Eagle Projects for Page Beautification…$2,000+

·         Rewards and bonus gift card programs for students and teachers (Page administration driven)

·         Hosted a social at Sherwood before the FIRST EVER REAL HOME GAME for Page against Grimsley

·         Make the Neese’s Scholarship selections at Page-Grimsley Golf Tournament weekend

Although there are hundreds of active members in the association, Mrs. Susan Tysinger leads up the organization. She not only organizes, along with her board of directors, all the meetings and functions, she also is the editor for the bi-annual newsletter that gets mailed out to current members of the PAFA. She started the association in 2006 and since then has raised over $200,000 for capital improvements for our school, not including scholarships. When we talked to Mrs. Tysinger, she said that her favorite project was the Shipyard. The new and updated teachers lounge was a close second. Just this past summer, a parent came to the association with the idea of making the teacher lounge a more comfortable place for our wonderful teachers.  

Currently, the Page Alumni and Friends Association is working on recovering 100 chairs in the media center. Each chair is $100 to recover and they have currently raised enough money for 72 chairs!! You can still look on their website for more information if you are interested in helping updating the Media Center.

The most recent class reunion, which the PAFA helps create and organize, the class of 1006 raised over $1,000 to donate to Page Alumni and Friends. Seniors, don’t forget, you become alumni next year and it will not be too early to join Page Alumni and Friends Association to help your Pirates.

 

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