From the Parents' Association
Thanks to your support the Parents’ Association fulfilled its goals of building community, supporting the School's mission, and enriching the HRS experience for students and their families.
With your generosity, the Spring 2019 fundraiser, Reach for the Stars, was a tremendous success and allowed the PA to make meaningful contributions to support the HRS community. Proceeds from the auction were invested in the PA Endowed Funds for Faculty Professional Development and Student Scholarship and the construction of a new reading patio outside the library.
The PA is honored to work with such an engaged parent community in support of the School.
2018–2019 EXECUTIVE BOARD
LOWER SCHOOL LIAISONS
MIDDLE SCHOOL LIAISONS
UPPER SCHOOL LIAISONS
Reach for the Stars was an amazing evening that highlighted our community, all to benefit Head-Royce! We gathered for a fun evening at Chabot Space & Science Center for a wonderful silent auction, amazing dinner, and exciting live auction. We are deeply grateful to the event committee and the generous contributions our community made, whether it was in the form of live, silent, or online auction items or a paddles up donation.
Over 115 Heads Up students thrived during the 2018-19 school year! Serving high-achieving low-income Oakland public school students, the Heads Up Program was established in 1987 to provide an educational program focused on developing academic success and an appreciation for community and civic engagement. With a cost of approximately $3,000 per student, this program would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Thank you for investing in these bright young students.
More than one thousand students have successfully graduated from the program and have gone on to attend academically challenging high schools and colleges - including prestigious universities such as Yale. As alums, they are immediately eligible to apply for a paid counselor position in the Head-Royce Summer Program. Within this framework, Heads Up graduates receive extensive job training and access to a rich employment pipeline that regularly hires more than 100 high-school and college-aged youth each summer. Shifting from academic enrichment to workforce development, Head-Royce provides dozens of underrepresented students from Oakland with their first employment opportunity. No matter the journey students take after graduating from Heads Up, their connection to the program remains, and the bonds and experiences they share become deeply embedded in their personal narratives.
Nia + You = Infinite Change
The 16th Installment of the Nia Speaker of Color Series was a great success. KevChoice performed uplifting music to open the event and Kevin Nichols of the Social Engineering Project delivered an inspirational message highlighting African-American pioneers in science and engineering and current challenges facing people of color in academia and STEM. He ended his talk with some advice for the young and the old regarding the importance of branding and networking and left the audience with the question, "How will you make a difference?"
The night ended with a fundraiser for the Nia Endowed Scholarship for Students of Color, and thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, over $3,000 was raised for the scholarship fund. Once again, the Nia event evoked thought and encouraged us all to talk about race, even if difficult, as it will benefit us all to have a better understanding of each other. This event marked another spectacular celebration of Black History Month.
I was able to take away a lot of information from Kevin's talk that will help me with my own business ventures. He made it relatable to everyone in the audience including the youth. - Daniel H. ‘24
Whether you are a parent or guardian, alumni, grandparent, or friend, thank you for contributing your time and talents to Head-Royce! Your contributions to projects and events with the Parents’ Association, Heads Up, Admissions, Alumni Council, Annual Fund and in the classroom help bring our community closer together and make Head-Royce a place where students can thrive, knowing that many people are involved in the effort.