PTA Pasta Power: UUCA at its Best!

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Leaders of the Hope-Hill PTA have been wanting to increase parent participation in monthly meetings and provide an opportunity to address the issue of hunger in the Hope-Hill neighborhood. A plan emerged to encourage community partners like UUCA to provide a simple, tasty, nutritious meal for parents and their children at monthly PTA meetings. Angie Lewis, Hope-Hill PTA Treasurer and close friend of UUCA member, Sonya Tinsley-Hook, asked if UUCA would provide the dinner meal at the November 6th PTA meeting.

In spite of the short time-frame, Sonya took action. She placed a notice in the Oct. 31st UUCA Weekly Update requested volunteers to contribute support, food items, and help with preparing/serving dinner at Hope-Hill on Nov. 6th! There was less than a week to put together a dinner for 150 attendees! UUCA members and friends stepped-up to meet this unexpected and special opportunity to support the PTA and the families of Hope-Hill School.

We did it! With the help of PTA leaders and school staff, a truly delicious meal of penne pasta with sauce, mixed green salad, and desserts was served to a grateful group of parents, kids, and school staff on the evening of Nov. 6th. Following the PTA business meeting, we had a special treat of 1st graders leading us in songs of thanksgiving and celebration.

Appreciation goes to Doug Abell, Richard Bergman, Joy Borra, Kay Golan, Diane Gordon, Jeep Hook, Jane McGregor, Mary Moore, Eva Sager, Nia Schooler, Dave Smith, and Sonya Tinsley-Hook for their contributions and for showing how quick and responsive UUCA folks we can be when there is an opportunity to do good in the world! A special thank you goes to Chef Craig Richards, a friend of Sonya’s and Executive Chef at St. Cecelia, a highly rated Buckhead restaurant (http://stceciliaatl.com/) who volunteered to prepare multiple trays of pasta in the St. Cecelia kitchen! What a time-saver that was! Thank you, Chef Richards!

Please take a few moments to review our new website. Learn about each partner organization and the Hope-Hill neighborhood they serve. Read how you can “Become a Friend” and/or “Become an On-site Volunteer”. Typically, “Friends” provide in-direct support/services and “On-site Volunteers” work directly with kids and/or teachers/staff at a partner site. Questions? Talk with a volunteer at the Hope-Hill Partner’s table in the social hall on Sundays or send your question to partnersineducation@uuca.org or tutors@uuca.org.

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