Parents Rallying in the Interest of Darlington Education
The purpose of our parent organizations is to enhance student life and to support faculty, staff, and administrative efforts to ensure Darlington students receive the best education possible. Opportunities for parent involvement are available throughout the year and allow parents to actively participate not only in their child’s education, but to become part of the Darlington family.
ELA-8 Tiger PRIDE (Parents Rallying in the Interest of Darlington Education) is dedicated to promoting volunteerism among parents in support of our school by engaging in activities focused on the enrichment of all students, faculty and staff of the Early Learning Academy through grade 8.
Funds received through membership and fundraising directly benefit the classroom, students and school community by providing support for classroom books, special interest speakers, field trips, plays and much more. The parents of Tiger PRIDE, in partnership with school leadership, seek to instill Service Beyond Self through community outreach programs and service learning initiatives. School spirit and a community atmosphere are maintained through tailgates, holiday celebrations, field day, Muffins for Mom, Donuts for Dad and Grand Special Day. Other major projects include Faculty Appreciation Week and the book fair.
Parent involvement is critical to the success of Darlington and will greatly enhance our students’ Darlington experience. Additionally, volunteering with Tiger PRIDE is a productive way to get to know faculty, other families and offer support for ELA-8 events.
While projects may vary from year to year, parents are encouraged to sign up during fall registration for one of our four committees (Service, Fundraising, Community or Enrichment) and attend monthly meetings to learn more about how to be involved. Meetings are held in the Yancey Library at Thatcher Hall. Dates and times are listed in the school calendar.
For information on how to get involved, contact one of the officers below or email email@example.com.
President – Carl Herring, firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-639-0504
Vice President - Terri Pierce, email@example.com, 706-252-0066
Secretary – Wendy Lignell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 239-738-4243
Treasurer – Ashley Jennings, email@example.com, 205-567-5556
Chaplain – John Cowan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-232-8938
Faculty Representative - Hope Jones, email@example.com , 706-314-3677
Upper School Tiger PRIDE (Parents Rallying in the Interest of Darlington Education) is the parent
organization dedicated to promoting volunteer interest among parents in support of the school, and
engaging in activities promoting the enrichment of all students, faculty, and staff of students in grades 9-
Tiger PRIDE sponsors many important school functions, such as Back to School Bash, Faculty
Appreciation Week and Luncheon, Junior-Senior Prom, Spring Dance, Baccalaureate Reception, the
used uniform sale, and the ever-popular DAR Family Program. Additionally, Tiger PRIDE decorates the
Upper School campus for Christmas. They also sponsor several awards on Honors Day and award faculty
grants for continuing education.
The DAR (Day and Resident) Family program is an opportunity for Darlington parents to support
residential students while giving day students an opportunity to get involved with residential life. The
DAR family liaisons promote day and resident interaction by hosting on campus mixers, house dinners,
and activities throughout the school year. The time commitment is up to the individual since a team of
people serve each house. Parents may choose to be involved throughout the year or help with one specific
event. All we ask is a willingness to embrace students from different cultures and help us promote the
caring spirit of the Darlington community.
Parent involvement is critical to the success of Darlington and is essential to the success of our parent
organizations. Your participation will greatly enhance our students’ Darlington experience. Parents are
encouraged to attend our regularly scheduled meetings which are listed in the school calendar.
President – Lauren Sklar, firstname.lastname@example.org 706-766-4272
Vice President –
Secretary – Joni Pittman, email@example.com 706-346-6774
Treasurer – Rhonda Frix, firstname.lastname@example.org 770-547-4640
Athletic Booster Club provides support for all Tiger sports and Lower School physical education,
financially and through service. With the annual Family Fee, Darlington families receive two family
passes to all regular season GHSA varsity home athletic events. Your involvement helps maintain quality
facilities and necessary equipment for Darlington’s varsity, junior varsity, and Middle School teams
that are not covered by the school budget, thus providing better opportunities for the most dedicated,
committed student athletes.
The club operates concession stands, sells seasonal programs, manages parking at home events and offers Booster Club memberships for grandparents and alumni in order to
generate revenue for Darlington athletics. Additionally, the Athletic Booster Club hosts various events
to encourage attendance and/or demonstrate support and spirit for the 26 varsity athletic teams. Your
participation as a member and a volunteer strengthens the program.
Monies received from the Family Fee, dues and fundraisers have been used to purchase video and
practice equipment, sound system for the football stadium, waterboy hydration systems, a contribution
of $125,000 towards the construction of the A.J. Huffman ’67 Memorial Athletic Center, repainting
of the track surface, baseball complex enhancements, the addition of
restrooms and other complex upgrades. Over the last few years, the Booster Club has also contributed
$50 towards the purchase of each letterman’s jacket and $100 toward the purchase of state championship
rings. Additionally, the Club funds the scholar awards that are presented seasonally during sports
assemblies to the player with the highest GPA for each team.
The Athletic Booster Club has been proud to provide support to the following programs at Darlington
over the past several years:
- Lower School – Field Day sponsorship, refinishing gym floor, basketball goals
- Middle School – Waterboy Hydration System, summer camps
- Baseball – contribution to help with upgrades to the complex, sod and irrigation on field, restrooms
- Basketball – chairs, shooting guns, summer camps, video equipment
- Cheerleading – mascot outfit, mats; run-through sign paper and paint, additional uniforms
- Crew – training equipment, cox box audio system, propeller, seat and sound system, floating dock system
- Cross Country and Track – tents, timing system, field event equipment, equipment storage building
- Golf – golf bags, host for region and state tournament, logo golf bags
- Football – grass and irrigation system on practice field, travel bags, guardian helmets, hydration system
- Lacrosse – scoreboard, grass and irrigation for field, video camera, practice equipment
- Soccer – bleachers, scoreboard, goals, jerseys, equipment cart
- Softball – pitching machine, safety backstop padding, tournament fees, summer camp
- Swimming/Diving – diving board, computer-printer and equipment for event timing
- Tennis – nets, score indicators, windscreens
- Track – field event equipment, resurfacing track, equipment covers
- Volleyball – equipment, team camps (middle and upper divisions)
- Wrestling – mats, digital scales, laptop and projector, video equipment
- Floyd County Special Olympics – provide snacks and lunch for all participants and teachers
For more information on how you can volunteer, e-mail email@example.com.
President – Kevin Evans ’87, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-252-4371
Vice President – Rhonda Frix,email@example.com, 770-547-4640
Secretary – Beth Smith ’87, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-238-2614
The Fine Arts Booster Club is the organization dedicated to fostering an awareness of the arts (PK -12)
and giving parents, friends and families the opportunity to take an active role in supporting art students
and faculty, as well as promoting a cohesive fine arts community. The FABC supports all arts including
visual, graphic, choral, instrumental, drama and musical theatre. By volunteering your time and talent
with this organization, you are able to show your appreciation and support for students and teachers as
they pursue excellence in all areas of the arts at Darlington.
To show appreciation for and support of the outstanding work being done in all areas of the arts at
What your membership brings to the Darlington Community
Since the creation of the Fine Arts Booster Club at Darlington, the club has provided funds for necessary
equipment, framing for senior artwork, drinks for home and visiting bands during football games, given
hands-on support for all events and productions, recognized special achievements by students and
teachers, and supported teachers through grants and educational programs.
In the past two years alone, the Fine Arts Booster Club has provided funds for choral and orchestra trips,
renovated the student art gallery in the Upper School, contributed to the cost of three productions each
year, a new keyboard and sound system for the Middle School, and program resources and equipment
in support of the Lower School fine arts program. Additionally, they helped coordinate volunteers for
events, recognized and supported outstanding faculty, and celebrated and recognized our students’
amazing achievements in the arts at all divisions.
For more information on how you can volunteer, email email@example.com.
President – Leigh Ann Lundy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-546-1231
Vice President – Amy Monroe, email@example.com, 770-748-7321
Secretary - Becky Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-346-3101
Members at Large –
We hope that you will consider becoming a Tiger Booster this year, which would give you all the membership perks of both
the Fine Arts and Athletic Booster clubs for only $140. Tiger Boosters will receive one pass that admits up to four people
to all regular season home games as well as all fine arts events and the opportunity to purchase preferred seating at the
winter musical. You will also receive all member communication from both booster organizations so that you always know when
special events are coming up here at Darlington!
Click here to join the Tiger Boosters.