Club Sponsors Events, Raises Funds
Trivia Night, creation and selling of spirit wear, the Back to School Picnic, Mom’s Mass and Brunch, Father Daughter Bowling, Teacher Appreciation Day, concessions for home contests and hospitality for events at Mercy—these are activities coordinated by the Monarch Parents Club at Mercy High School.
The goals of this club include financially supporting extracurricular activities and providing social events to bring the school together.
The Monarch Parents Club began in the 2008-2009 school year, only it was not called the Monarch Parents Club. There was a Parents Club and a Monarch Club. The Parents Club focused on getting the parents of Mercy girls involved with the school and putting on events. The Monarch Club’s sole focus was supporting/helping the students; it was an all-encompassing athletic and fine arts booster club.
Four years ago, the current principal, Principal Sarah Regan, suggested combining the two clubs, so that parents could put on events financially assist their daughter’s extracurricular activities.
Assistant Principal Holly McCoy is now in charge of the Monarch Parents Club. The club consists of a Core Group made up of eight members—two parent representatives from each class for a total of four moms and four dads of Mercy students. Each Core Group member co-directs two events for the year. The Core group meets three times a year and accomplishes the rest of their communication via email. Each member begins with a one-year commitment, and are welcome to continue should they choose to do so.
The group raises most of their money during Trivia Night, which usually happens the second Saturday in January, by selling their spirit wear, and from membership fees. They provide financial support for the extracurricular activities when their budget will not accommodate the purchase of the requested item. For example, something new that the Monarch Parents Club is doing this year is paying a portion of the students’ fee for the athletic banquet, so they do not have to pay as much to attend.
“The Club is responsible for a nice mix of things,” McCoy said.