Yes, it's that time again...where did the summer go? Where have the years gone? If you're like me, its been quite a while since it was 'new school clothes and book-bag' time. There have been many other changes to the entire public school system also, since our days at Girls High, and the school, staff and most importantly the students need our support more than ever.
As the newly elected and installed president of our enduring alumnae association, it is my charge to ensure that we remain current and relevant to you- our members - and those we seek to serve - the current student body. Additionally, we are working to expand our footprint and partner more effectively with our other stakeholders: our parents and our community and legislative leaders. It DOES take a village! Let's be candid: the state of affairs is such that passive, benign support or a passing occasional interest will not result in maintaining the performance or the reputation of Girls High that we hold so dear. We are working to continue the traditions of GHS and the most important one is to ensure that a quality - some would argue superior - college bound education is afforded to all. If we are to ensure that vision is sustained, we will need your active, engaged and sustained support; and not just financially. While that certainly is a critical need - school funding today is so bare bones that the needs are high; however, we also need members who are willing to reach back and offer personal support to help a younger sister reach her dream of college. And not just to get there - but get there prepared to excel.
In an earlier message we stated: "It is our belief that the school remains as vital and important to the students it serves now as it ever was." And while that is true, it is at risk. We, the Alumnae Association, choose to stand in the gap and work to ensure that the education and experiences that we obtained are maintained for the generations of young women behind us. Our mission states that we work “…to perpetuate the ideals and promote the welfare of the Philadelphia High School for Girls.” and we continue to challenge all who read this passage to join with us in whatever way possible to work for the support and improvement of the school which has done so much for so many of us. We need you, the school needs you, and the students need you.
We just don't welcome new members; we are actively engaged in expanding our ACTIVE membership; so please join our association! Contact me or any of the other board members listed on this site with questions. Bring your ideas and your passion. We look forward to having you join us in the gap and then perhaps joining us in June as we watch - with pride - the fruits of our labor walk across that stage in white....
Girls High. Always.
Antoinette (Toni) Bailey Nottingham
President, The Alumnae Association