Closer look: How do the parent clubs contribute to the school?

Every year, Parent Club raises money for academic enrichment programs, capital improvements and student equipment and supplies by fundraising through events including a donation drive and Dandiya Raas. Additionally, the club also manages Senior Awards Night and Graduation Night. Most of the money raised by the club is allocated towards purchasing better technology or materials for classrooms; the club aims to fulfill Teachers’ Wish Lists, on which staff members request classroom items. Leftover money is used for student recognition awards, brunches for the end of the year and teacher appreciation breakfasts. The club meets monthly on Thursday nights to plan out their various events. The club is currently planning for the 50th Anniversary Celebration in May.

For the past 16 years, Chinese- and Taiwanese-American parents have banded together to support each other, the school and its students though Leland Bridge. Founded in 2001, the organization is well known for its main fundraiser, Leland Bridge Night, an annual banquet themed around each year’s corresponding Chinese zodiac animal. Featuring a myriad of student performances and food served by student volunteers, the show raises over $20,000 ; this year, $5000 was budgeted towards supporting the school’s volunteer Computer Science teachers, $3000 to new school equipment, $2000 towards sponsoring the 50 year anniversary celebration, $2000 to seniors’ college application essay review, $1000 each to the robotics, music, and Speech and Debate programs and other events that foster a sense of community.

The Booster Club is a parent organization that helps raise funds to supplement athletic funds so all necessary expenses can be covered. Club members attend monthly meetings during which they voice their opinions, vote on fund allocations and get updates about the club. In order to pay for various fees related to athletics such as additional coaches’ stipends, a certified athletic trainer and new uniforms, the Booster Club relies on parent donations and fundraisers, such as selling merchandise and the Denim to Diamonds Event. By utilizing their website, seasonal Sports Nights, presentations and announcements through Register My Athlete, the club is able to promote itself and its events to raise enough money to benefit the athletic programs at the school.