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PARKER COMMUNITY

Join the Club: Feminist Club

Q&A with Feminist Club Co-President Natalie Beary, Class of 2021

How long have you been a part of the club?
I joined the Feminist Club at the beginning of my sophomore year, and I have been an active member ever since.

How would you describe the club to your peers?
The Feminist Club is a group dedicated to advocating for equitable treatment, rights, and opportunities for women and girls in our local communities and on a broader scale.

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Join the Club: Interact Club

Q&A WITH INTERACT CLUB CO-PRESIDENT ASHLEY SCOTT, CLASS OF 2021

How long have you been a part of the club? 
I have been a part of Interact since freshman year and I am currently a rising senior. 

How would you describe the club to your peers?
I would describe this club as a student organization that emphasizes the importance of engaging within one’s community in order to make a positive impact on a local scale and beyond. 

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Join the Club: Drama Club

Q&A with Drama Club President Eleni Stavros, Class of 2021

How long have you been a part of the club?
I am going on my seventh year in the Parker Drama Club. I joined at the start of 6th grade and I will be staying with the club until I graduate Upper School. 

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Join the Club: Branch Out

Q&A with Branch Out Club President Lucy Loughridge, Class of 2022

How long have you been a part of the club? 
Branch Out is actually a very new club that was founded this past school year. Even in the short time we’ve had, over 130 students have signed up and a group of about 20 students actively came to every event, held once every weekend. We look forward to expanding even more than we already have, and are excited to continue our progress.

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Parker named California ‘Green Ribbon School’

Francis Parker School has been named a recipient of the 2020 California Green Ribbon Schools award, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced Wednesday morning.

This is the second straight year the School has been named a Green Ribbon School–last year Parker was awarded Silver Level (achievement of 65-74.9 percent) and this year attained Gold Level (achievement of 75 percent or better).

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Parker family organizes block-wide street art ‘thank you’ to first responders

Parker alumna Lauren Hirsh ’93 was looking for a way that her family and neighbors could show their gratitude for the doctors and nurses tirelessly working to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

So on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, they met at the front of their driveways along Via Corona in La Jolla and began creating large-scale chalk art. The result was an impressively colorful tapestry of drawings and positive messages.Parker alumna Lauren Hirsh ’93 was looking for a way that her family and neighbors could show their gratitude for the doctors and nurses tirelessly working to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

So on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, they met at the front of their driveways along Via Corona in La Jolla and began creating large-scale chalk art. The result was an impressively colorful tapestry of drawings and positive messages.

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‘Quaranteened’

Stuck at home, Ellie Lewis wanted to find a way to educate and connect her peers, so the Parker Upper School student set out to create an outreach website for teens.

“Quaranteened” serves as a resource that students can use to learn about COVID-19 and also as a support system, explains Ellie, Class of 2023. 

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Making Masks for Her Community to Aid Charities

When her mom took out the sewing equipment to make fabric facemasks for the family, it gave Caylin Schnoor an idea. 

“It just kind of sparked,” says Caylin, Class of 2021. “I knew I wanted to find a way to help as many people as possible during this troublesome time. I have copious amounts of fabric that allow me to do good, so how could I not take that opportunity?” 

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‘Fridays with Gonzo’

As human beings, we are all trying to find routine and normalcy in a completely abnormal situation. For Parker guitar teacher Mike “Gonzo” Gonzales, that means continuing to create and share music with others–albeit in a completely different space. 

For the past three weeks, Mike has hosted a virtual concert on Facebook Live. The venue? Mike’s living room, complete with a performer’s stool, mic stand, PA speaker, and a roaring fireplace to round out the ambiance.  

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