SEEC believes that parents and teachers are partners in the education of children and values input from parents. Part of this effort includes creating an atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome and offering opportunities for the entire SEEC family to contribute to the program’s success. Some of these opportunities come through the SEEC Parents’ Association.
The mission of the Parents’ Association is to support SEEC by providing organizational support, conducting fundraising activities, and facilitating communication. Four elected officers – President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer – provide leadership to the Association; the President and Past President also serve as members of the SEEC Board of Directors.
The Parents’ Association also organizes “Classroom Coordinators” who serve in the role of liaison by connecting teachers and parents. They coordinate volunteer activities in their respective classrooms, assist with teacher appreciation events, and provide support for fundraising initiatives.
SEEC’s Benefit Auction is the main fundraising activity conducted by the Parents’ Association and the single most important source of income for the scholarship program. First held in 1994, it consists of both a silent auction and live auction, and is held each spring in one of the Smithsonian museums. It features unique behind-the-scenes events and activities at the Smithsonian, such as curator-led exhibit or collection tours, tickets to preview receptions and Smithsonian events, lunches with senior officials and museum directors, and special tours of behind-the-scenes areas.
Membership & Leadership Positions
Every parent of a child enrolled in the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center is automatically a member of the Parents’ Association and is invited to take an active role in the organization. In addition to the Parents’ Association officers, individuals are welcome to run for open board positions during the June election.
2018 – 2019 Parents Association Officers
President: Angie Saffoe
Vice President/President-Elect: Gale Robertson
Parent Reps to Board: Molly Sverdlov
and Laura Hansen
Parents’ Association Board Positions include:
- President: The president provides leadership for the organization, sets meetings, and works closely with the SEEC administration.
- President-Elect/Vice President: The president-elect/vice president provides support to the president and is also a member of the board. The vice president will serve as president the following year.
If you are interested in running for a position, please follow the directions outlined in the attached documents and fill out the attached form.