gtk_parkerSince 1912, Francis Parker School has educated many San Diegans and will continue to do so well into the next century through support from its community. Among the members of the “Parker family” are Parker grandparents, a group especially committed to creating and sustaining an educational legacy. Through generous gifts of time, treasure and talent, they support the School’s mission of providing a superior college preparatory education in a diverse, family-oriented environment that meets the academic, social, creative, emotional and physical needs of the individual student.

Established in 2003, the Grandparents’ Council is open to all grandparents of current Parker students. In fact, they received a Gold Medal of Excellence for Best Practices in Educational Fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in 2007. The Council includes influential San Diegans such as Deborah Szekely, Yolanda Walther-Meade Sr., founding president Jane Trevor Fetter ’50 and current president Aline Koppel. Some Grandparents’ Council members are also Parker alumni themselves.

The organization meets occasionally during the school year to plan Grandparent Days, encourage Grandparent participation as event ambassadors, guest speakers, classroom reps and the Grandparents’ Wine Party to collect and donate fine wines to the School’s Spring Gala.

Jane Fetter noted, “Francis Parker School offers a strong educational foundation and instills in our grandchildren the desire and ability to succeed. The Council is proud that our grandchildren leave Parker equipped to meet life’s challenges and make a difference in our world.”

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