McDonogh has a long history of parent volunteerism. Back in 1923, parents founded “The Mother’s Club” primarily to raise money for school necessities. Dues were $1 a year. The group bought McDonogh its first school bus, in fact, in 1924.
The Mother’s Club became “The Patrons’ Club” in 1931, which was the same year the club’s first male president took office. The name “Patron” reflected the days when McDonogh enrolled orphans and half-orphans and sponsors paid for their education. McDonogh Patrons remained mostly a fundraising organization until recent years.
The word “Club” was dropped in 2004. After all, Patrons was not a club to which one could belong. Every parent of a McDonogh student was considered part of the Patrons group.
Because the school no longer wishes us to focus on fundraising, we have revised our mission statement to reflect that fact. At the same time, our board of directors voted to change our name to “The McDonogh Parents Association,” which we feel more accurately reflects our identity.
Our new mission statement describes our desire to create a warm and friendly atmosphere within the McDonogh community. It also serves as a complement to the school’s mission statement, which includes the admonition of school founder John McDonogh “to do the greatest possible amount of good.”
We hope you will become an active part of YOUR parents association. There are so many ways you can become involved. Look for information about our activities in the bi-weekly "Parent News" email.
Please join us in helping to make McDonogh the best!