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MKA Parents Celebrate A Successful Year

Members of MKA's Parents' Association (PAMKA) gathered together at their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 to celebrate a very successful year of community building and fundraising efforts.

Finishing up the first year of her term as PAMKA President, Tina Jordan thanked her Board, the 2018-2019 Slate, and the many members of MKA's faculty and staff for their steadfast efforts and ongoing support throughout the past year. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to view a short presentation by Upper School teacher Derek Morf, PAMKA Faculty Trust Grant recipient, who shared his experience visiting Yosemite National Park to photograph the "Firefall".

Headmaster Tom Nammack addressed the large audience, giving thanks for all that PAMKA does for the MKA community, with a special note of appreciation for Tina Jordan and her tireless commitment to PAMKA and MKA.

PAMKA Finance VP Tripti Singh reported on PAMKA's significant fundraising efforts that resulted in the organization being able to present $370,000 to the school. This gift represents Faculty Trust grants for next year, a $148,500 donation to MKA's Faculty Compensation Endowment, Wish List items for each of the campuses, and a $20,000 pledge payment to the Brookside renovations. In addition, a $103,200 gift for the Community Scholars Program is included this year, which is a foundational gift in an effort to raise $1 million to endow an eighth student for this special program.

Following approval of the Minutes and the 2019-20 Slate of Officers, Tina Jordan concluded the meeting. Outgoing members of the PAMKA Slate then met with incoming volunteers to transition their jobs in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year.