Parents Association & Parents Council

The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.

The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.

Parents Bulletin Board

DA Giving Day is Tuesday
Posted 03/01/2018 04:07PM

Tuesday, March 6, marks Durham Academy's largest single-day fundraising effort, DA Giving Day. It’s an invitation to everyone in the DA community — parents, teachers, staff, grandparents, alumni and students — to come together to support the school.  

If 350 parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff contribute on Tuesday, a generous DA donor will help those gifts have even more impact with a $10,000 donation to the Durham Academy Fund.

Why is it so important to participate on March 6? Because all gifts benefit the DA Fund, which enables the school to say yes to teachers’ and students’ great ideas and support innovative teaching and learning.

Preschool/Lower School librarian Michelle Rosen describes how a now-iconic part of the library came to life in 2014, based on an idea for a project related to a visiting author. Construction of the library’s treehouse became a hands-on lesson for every first through fourth-grader, under the careful guidance of maintenance foreman Randy Baker. 


So how do you support DA Giving Day? It’s easy. Any time on Tuesday, March 6, visit and make a gift of any size. Success is about participation — every gift counts in the race to reach 350.

There are some challenges to help get you in the competitive spirit:

  • Pre-k through eighth-grade parents and Upper School students are in class competitions to win a LoYo On the Go frozen yogurt truck party. The class with the highest Giving Day participation rate wins.
  • Alumni classes are competing for bragging rights to rename DA street signs for their class year.
  • Young alumni (classes of ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17 and ’18) are being matched dollar-for-dollar up to the first $1,000 of donations.

Upper School students can keep track of their competition on the Learning Commons display screens. Learn more about how to support this effort (you can encourage others to get into the game with your own matching gift or challenge!), check in on challenge leaderboards and track the campaign’s progress toward 350 gifts at

Tune in to DA’s Facebook page at 8 a.m. on Tuesday to watch the kickoff live! You'll see much of DA Giving Day shared through DA's social media channels, and you can do the same. Show you're all in for #DAGivingDay on social by adding this Facebook frame to your profile picture. There’s also a Snapchat filter available if you’re on campus! Graphics for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are available for download.

So join with fellow parents, alumni, students, faculty, staff and grandparents in showing your gratitude on Tuesday — for that favorite teacher or coach, for that class trip, team, DA experience or performance you’ll talk about for years to come. Your gift supports every teacher, every student, every day.

Visit and help us get to 350. Thank you for supporting DA today and every day!

Parent Events
  • February 2019
    • ThuFeb28 Parents Council Nominations Close
  • March 2019
    • ThuMar21 Parents Council Meeting 8:15 AMMiddle School Board Room
    • MonMar25 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
  • April 2019
    • SatApr06 Benefit Auction 6:30 PM
    • WedApr24 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
  • May 2019
    • WedMay22 Parents Council Luncheon and Meeting Brumley Performing Arts Building (Lower School)
    • FriMay24 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
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