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 raises $130,353
Posted 03/08/2018 12:44PM

Widespread participation from all corners of the Durham Academy community — parents, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents and students — resulted in DA Giving Day 2018 exceeding all expectations Tuesday. By the stroke of midnight, 922 donors in 27 states had generously contributed $130,353 to support the Durham Academy Fund.    

Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make the effort such a success, from those who donated and offered matching gifts, to those who helped spread the word via email and social media, to those who held up Giving Day signs in the rain during drop-off and pick-up. 

By midday, the original Giving Day goal of 350 gifts — which unlocked a $10,000 challenge gift offered by a generous donor — had been surpassed, and the DA community kept the momentum going throughout the day. Shortly after 7 p.m., the original goal was doubled with 700 donors, and more than $100,000 had been raised by 9 p.m.

Parents, grandparents and students rallied around a particularly sweet participation challenge. With the highest rate of parent participation in all grades pre-K to eight, the fourth grade finished first in a particularly close race to win LoYo on the Go frozen yogurt party. Upper Schoolers also competed for a LoYo on the Go party, with the Class of 2020 coming out on top. All Upper School participants were entered into raffle for a basket of restaurant gift cards; senior Alex Tsuetaki was the lucky winner.

Alumni participation was strong across decades, as classes competed for the right to have DA campus street signs renamed in their honor. The Class of 1994 came out on top in the participation battle with 30 gifts made online; the Class of 1997 raised the most money ($3,800); and the Class of 2017 had 100 percent participation in a gift made offline.

Thanks to Alumni Board President Garrett Putman ’94 for matching gifts from current seniors and young alumni gifts (Classes of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014) to up $1,000, and to Ben Mark ’03, Margie Gudaitis ’07 and Tatum Pottenger ’10 for offering matching gift challenges for their alumni classes.

If you're interested in diving more deeply into the Giving Day results, you can see a breakdown of alumni participation by class, as well as participation figures from other school constituencies at

Giving Day 2018
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