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Rachel & Randy Polka to chair capital campaign

Jan 22, 2016

Parish Episcopal School is proud to announce that Parish parents Rachel and Randy Polka will be lead the capital campaign for a new activity center and a community and performance center, which will launch limitless possibilities for our students and our community.

The Polka family joined the Parish community in 2003 when their son Kyle (“Lifer” class of 2017) started PreK 2. After 12 years and four more kids – son Luke (who attends Shelton School) and triplets Carly, Chloe and Cole (Parish class of 2024) – the Polkas have given of their time, talents and treasure in immeasurable support of the School. They have seen Parish grow from the little school on the corner of Hillcrest and Spring Valley to the two-campus innovative, leading independent school that it is today.

Rachel has served as room mom for multiple years for all of her children, and volunteers for the Parish Gala every year, including chairing the live auction committee in 2006. Randy has served the School in numerous strategic capacities including serving on the Board of Trustees (2013 – Present), the Strategic Steering Committee for the Remarkable Realities endowment campaign, and the Strategic Marketing Committee. Randy has also coached his children’s various fellowship sport teams over the years.

Rachel and Randy chose Parish for the same reasons they volunteered to chair this capital campaign.

“We brought our children to Parish because of the supportive community that our family would be a part of and for the focus put on the whole child,” said Randy. “And, that’s not changed. That’s exactly why we want to rally this community to get behind the vision of this School and the opportunities that these facilities offer our students in helping them become that ‘whole child.’”

“Parish already has first-class programs; let’s give our students first-class facilities to match so they can follow their passions and become leaders and mentors for the students that come after them,” added Rachel. “Generous members of our community built the Midway campus for today’s Parish families; now it’s time for all of us to build the next phase of this growing school.”

It’s clear that the Polkas are passionate about bringing the Parish community together through academics, arts, athletics and fellowship. But, more than that, they believe in the School’s vision to Reimagine School and prepare our students to become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to impact our complex global society beyond the “old and new” walls of our School.

“We have so many fond memories inside these walls,” said Rachel. “But, if I had to name one of my favorites it would be the 2nd Grade Fly Up. To see the excitement in the kids as they prepared to move to the ‘big campus’ and the joy and anticipation in the parents as they braced for what lies was ahead . . . what a moving ceremony and great example of what coming together is all about – the kids! It still evokes so much emotion in me.”

“Now, think about what that same ceremony might look like in a space that isn’t hindered by physical obstacles . . . or a talent show where you can actually hear the talent . . . or playing host to a tournament that has never been possible for us because of gym space . . . or a student’s schedule that can be more personalized because of the option these spaces create for them,” added Randy. “From smaller ceremonies like the ‘Fly Up’ to bigger scale presentations, performances, tournaments and so on . . . we want our entire community, from the largest donation to the smallest, to be a part of this effort that will enhance the future for ALL of our children.”

“Rachel and Randy’s enthusiasm for this project mirrors that of the School’s,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School. “We are fortunate to have them leading the charge and paving the path for Parish to inspire our students with limitless possibilities for generations to come.”

Parish Episcopal School extends our deepest gratitude to the Polkas for their time and efforts, and hopes the rest of our School community will join them in this great endeavor.

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