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Parents Association

Beaufort Academy Parents' Association

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year, Eagles!

My name is Amanda Patel, and I am the President of our Parents’ Association, also known as BAPA. I’m writing this, ironically, in the peace and quiet of my home. What parent EVER says that? I do, because tonight my fourth grader is exhausted from an exciting first day. 

Today, everything was right in Tula’s world. She was nurtured and loved by her friends, teachers, and Beaufort Academy parents. All of this happened because Beaufort Academy is more than just a school. More than a community. 

Beaufort Academy is family.

We take the time to get to know one another. We commiserate in the hot glare summer drop offs and chat at Friday night football games. We chuckle at the kids during spirit week and brace ourselves for rat week. We give a standing ovation to our very own Blue Notes and pass tissues at graduation. 

We choose to be here; we choose to be engaged.

We are BA Strong. We are BA Proud. We are BAPA

We are family and family members always share good advice. 

“Take the time to be here,” she said, “Sign up to volunteer. Do a bit more than you want. Accept the inconvenience. It’s rewarding, it’ll mean the world to your child, and someday soon they’ll be off on their own, not needing you anywhere near as much as now.” 

Grab this moment, in other words, while you have it.

It’s excellent counsel. There are so many ways to help nurture what we have here at Beaufort Academy.  So, let’s give ourselves however we can this year to help every child, every parent, and every educator blossom. 

Let’s cherish each other. 

What better goal could there be?

With Eagles Pride,

Amanda Patel, BAPA President
 (843) 271-5141

As a Beaufort Academy parent, you’re an essential part of the team that helps your child reach his/her fullest potential. All parents of students at Beaufort Academy are members of the Parents Association. It is a wonderful way to get involved with the life of the school and directly enhance your child’s BA experience. BAPA offers parents the opportunity to collaborate with other parents, faculty, and staff through a variety of events regarding educational objectives, community building, safety, and other important issues. It is also a vital and vibrant fundraising engine, which provides financial support to the school through its fundraising endeavors.
The mission of the Beaufort Academy Parents’ Association is to:
  • Educate parents about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support Beaufort Academy.
  • Facilitate parental involvement in the classroom and in other extracurricular activities at Beaufort Academy.
  • Communicate with parents and serve as the primary liaison for information about the school’s numerous events, including academic, athletic, artistic and social activities.
The Parents Association would be nothing without its dedicated parent volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities at all grade levels, time availabilities, levels of commitment, and areas of interest. A parent can serve as an executive board officer, a grade parent representative, or as a parent volunteer. Please look over the right column of this page to find contact information of all event chairs.
Another vital way to get involved is becoming active in our Blue and White Club. In addition, there are many opportunities to help out with the day-to-day operations of the school:

Events & School Fundraisers (Contact Lisa Gallagher)
School Fundraisers & Development/Alumni (
Contact Jonolyn Ferreri)
Sanitizing Campus (Contact Julie Jones)
In the classroom (Contact individual teachers)

Parent volunteers are recognized each year in the following ways:

The Pat Calhoun Award is presented annually at the spring awards banquet to recognize a volunteer who has contributed significantly to the school’s athletic programs. The recipient is selected by vote of the coaching staff.

The Parent Volunteer Award is also presented at the awards banquet. The winner of this award is determined by vote of the faculty.
The BA Parents Association works very hard on creating and coordinating events to help give back to the school and community that has given so much. These events are not only interactive and fun for all involved, but they help enhance the BA experience for the current and future students.
The BAPA provides direct financial support to the school, faculty, and students through its signature fundraising event the Chilly Bean Run. In addition to this exciting event, the parent association also organizes various activities including the Back to School BBQ BASH, Fall Festival, Teacher Appreciation Days, Annual Campus Cookout as well as informational meetings such as ADHD parent support groups.

Visit the BAPA Events Page for more details.
BA Parent informational meetings hosted by BAPA

We will have multiple parent informational meetings throughout the school year, so please come and learn about what is happening at Beaufort Academy and how we can all use our individual talents to ensure successful and fun events.

All parents are encouraged to attend.

  • September
  • November 
  • January
  • March 

BA Conference Room

There are so many exciting ways to get involved at BA! See below for committees and committee chairs, please contact them to learn how you can help.
Parents’ Association
Amanda Patel, President
(843) 271-5141
New Family Buddy System Coordinator
Leslie Mitchell 

Spirit Night Coordinator

Back to School BBQ Bash Chairmen
Pair O' Dice Pork
Chip Dinkins
Garrett Wreden
Patrick Mitchell
John Gallagher
Will Donovan
Fall Festival 
Erica Sanchez
Fall Festival Bake Sale
Lynn Simkins
Chilly Bean Event Directors
Kat Hefner
Maggie Mitchell
Denice Fanning

Chilly Bean Race Director
Denice Fanning
Chilly Bean Sponsorship Chair
BAPA Cook-out
Father Daughter Dance 
Maggie Mitchell
Box Tops for Education
Bradi Dinkins
Discount Card Organizer
Scott Lee
Mandi Lee

School Spirit Store
Nikole Greenleaf
Nicole Sullivan
Online School Store
Pennie Mead
Sunshine Committee
Amanda Patel