The much anticipated 3rd annual Kids Rule the School day finally arrived Friday, December 1 at Palm Beach Day Academy. Ninety PBDA faculty, staff, and administrators vacated their seats as students on both campuses shadowed those they deeply admire throughout the ½ day. Parent bidding for these seats at the Inaugural Centennial Celebration Evening pre-auction party, Academics & Automobiles, generated more than $67,000 for PBDA.
The students were beyond thrilled to spend the day side-by-side with the faculty teaching their classmates, holding faculty and administration meetings, and walking in faculty shoes. With a chance to wear any hat on either campus, some upper campus students enjoyed returning to the lower campus while a few of the lower campus students journeyed to the upper campus to see what life was like as an upper campus student – in some cases teaching their siblings. Eighth grade student Harrison Fisher accompanied headmaster Dr. Edwin Gordon throughout the day, holding meetings with his staff and gaining first hand experience running a prestigious independent school serving children from 2 years old through 9th grade. Students especially enjoyed Mr. Fisher’s decision, along with 5th grader Savanah Smith, who assumed the role of Upper School Head, Sarah Kemeness, to declare “free dress” for the day. Refreshments were available on both campuses for faculty and students alike to enjoy a coffee and hot chocolate break during free periods. PBDA’s very own BTV staff were present throughout the morning videoing activities on both campuses and interviewing faculty/student teams. As the ½ day drew to a close, faculty and students alike voted thumbs up for next year’s event!
“Kids Rule the School” Faculty & Staff Participants Stephanie Adams, Meghan Albanese, Jennifer Andreon, Danielle Aronson, Adrienne Arp, Tina Barbieri, Jamie Bartlett, Kimberly Belfi, Wendy Bieneman, Kelsey Brown, Chris Carson, Kathleen Cashette, Christina Chane, Allison Charnick, Sue Chris, Paul Cicio, Barbara Close, Ellie Colpitts, Jan-Marie Cook, William Coyle, Andrew Crane, Wendie Crawford, Dorothea Cvelbar, Paulette Danni, Christine Dayton, Shana Dutkewych, Courtney Ellender, Sarah Evans, Chris Evans, Heather Fanberg, Claudie Finney, Nina Flaminio, Julia Foulk, Valentina Gabrielli, Dr. Edwin Gordon, Jim Gramentine, Ralph Greco, Patti Griffin, Grace Gunkel, Erika Handley, Ashley Hollern, Jen Howard, Robyn Huff, Annette Johnson, Debra Kale, Cynthia Kanai, Casey Kegelman, Sarah Kemeness, Lindsay Kosarek, Tracy Kramm, Julissa Lane, Nicole LaTorra, Steve Lucchesi, Linda Merman, Erin Mitchell, Glenda Moffatt, Scott Moore, Amy Moses, Chris Niebling, Jose Ojeda, Ilkay Ozgenc, Jonathan Paine, Dina Paolella, Carrie Pateman, Karie Petrovics, Cindy Pflaumer, Lauran Rearic, Janice Remington, Barbara Reyes, Tom Sarko, Kyle Schlett, Elizabeth Sheen, Olympia Shields, Elizabeth Shine, Vasantha Siva, Glenn Smith, Deena Sobel, Sara Stapleton, Bryce Stewart, Lucy Sweeney, Scott Thompson, Katy Thompson, Cecilia Thoresen, Suzanne Torlen, Richard Tummon, Stephanie Walker, Rusty Wilkerson, George Yeager, Jessica Yeager, Karen Zacka, and Kelly Zingaro