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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.

Mr. DeGroot: Boosting, Beasting, Besting Patrick Henry

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Dean DeGroot works closely with Patrick Henry High as the president of the Booster Club, Henry’s largest parent organization dedicated to raising funds for school clubs, organizations, and sports. The Booster Club has met monthly for the past eight years, to talk about and organize fundraising activities, such as selling Patriot Spirit Wear clothing, selling concessions at Homecoming, and being involved with the silent auction the first Friday of December. They also organize a teacher and staff appreciation day lunch. People and organizations involved with the Boosters can request for up to $300 to help the organization to defer costs or expenses. The Booster Club also helps support the students of Patrick Henry by giving students opportunities to volunteer or take part in Baby Boosters. One of the past student volunteers designed a logo for Patriot clothing that has been used on many different occasions. Baby Boosters was founded two and a half years ago and it gives junior and senior students opportunities to get involved with the Boosters at various events. Baby Boosters can also get community service hours for their work. Dean and his wife have also been a part of the Senior Committee helping to plan the Senior Prom, and have assisted in planning the open house where they also recruited new boosters.

Dean has also been a part of the District Parent Advisory Counsel for the Minneapolis Public Schools where they meet with school administrators to give input on policy direction. He has also been involved with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years, and, in 2005, Dean and two other parents started PEN, Public Education Northeast which is a parent and community group that advocate for Minneapolis Public Schools.

In his personal life, Dean works closely with his children and their schooling. Over the years he has helped taxi his kids to various extracurricular activities, attends their band concerts and sporting events. He also helps them with homework and projects when they need it. Dean says it is important to be involved with his children to show them role models and involvement in the community. He also says parent involvement “lets the kids know that what they have involved with is meaningful and important. We also encourage them to try new things so they can gain more confidence and understanding of the world around them.”