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At our National African American Parent Involvement Day on February 8th a parent suggested that we capture simple random acts of kindness. Here are a few of the great things that our volunteers have done to support our community.

Dickisons Build Sets, Raise Funds, and Prepare Cast for Plays

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The Dickison family

How do you improve Patrick Henry's 2012 Mom and Dad Volunteers of the Year?  You add their recently graduated daughter Janice Dickison '12 to the mix.  Janice is currently enrolled in the Theater Program at Augsburg College and adds a whole new dimension to the Dickison legacy of volunteer service. 

Before Janice Dickison '12 had ever taken a class at Patrick Henry her parents Mark and Susanne Dickison introduced themselves as parents who would help out at Patrick Henry in anyway that they could, "Especially with anything related to carpentry," Mr. Dickison added. Since that time over the past four years they have worked nonstop on preparing the stage and our students for quality theater productions, and most recently, The Wiz.  "The Dickisons build sets exactly how I want them," Ms. Blair said when they were working on Dreamgirls.  They raise funds (popular desk display), help students rehearse when I'm not available, build sets, do costume changes during the show...Ms. Dickison even cleaned up our infamous backroom (behind the stage which was legendary for its clutter).  Having the Dickisons is like having two more of me.  They're invaluable!" 

If you would like to purchase a desk display please see Ms. Blair or Mr. Murray.  The cost is $15 for a display. See pictures of stage sets and desk displays here.

Daughter Janice Dickison '12 adds:

My parents currently work as property managers for a Minneapolis Police officer. My dad is an avid woodworker who designs all his work and loves building the sets for the PHHS plays. My mom is a former caterer who loves cooking for the drama kids and being the stage manager. Despite my mom being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, my parents totally love to volunteer for the Drama Department and were honored to also chaperone the 2012 prom, senior valleyfair trip and senior overnight.

My parents also have two sons, Jeremy, age 26, and Joshua, age 22. They are also lovingly called Papa and Nana by their two and a half year old granddaughter, Alyssa. My parents plan to continue volunteering at PHHS next year.