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Class of 2017 Senior Class Gift helps open Activity Center

Jun 10, 2017

Between the day Sophie Alford first arrived as a PreK student at Parish and the moment she crossed the stage to collect her diploma, she experienced more than a decade of learning, growth and friendships. “Parish is home to me,” said Sophie. “I grew up at Parish, and all my teachers and mentors here have helped shape me into the person I am today.”

Other graduating seniors and their parents who share this sentiment joined together to make this year’s Senior Class Gift. At more than $340,000, it is the largest class gift of the last five years and creates a lasting legacy at Parish.

The class chose to direct its gift to establishing the Class of 2017 Lobby at the new Gene E. Phillips Activity Center. The lobby will usher students, families and visitors into the multipurpose facility, which will be a hub for academic, arts, athletic and community events, for decades to come.

It is a long-standing tradition, as families donate to the class gift, for seniors to honor teachers and staff who made a particular impact on their lives. Sophie was among them, naming 14 teachers who influenced her through the years.

“I probably have one of the longest lists of teachers to thank, but I honestly could not have made it through school without them,” said Sophie. “I want to give my money to the school that has opened my eyes up to endless possibilities and allow for younger students at Parish to have the same, if not better, opportunities that I was given.”

Our sincere thanks go to Karen & Allen Bell, Senior Gift Chairs for the Class of 2017, and all the families of the Class of 2017 for their generosity.

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