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GRANDPARENTS & GRANDFRIENDS DAY 2021

Families are an integral part of your granddaughter’s Saint Mary’s experience, and Grandparents & Grandfriends Day is an annual, no-cost event that provides an opportunity for her to share her Saint Mary's journey with you. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, April, 16, 2021. (We will continue to closely monitor the news regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we make decisions regarding events for this spring. Decisions are informed by our commitment to help keep our community safe, with guidance from the CDC and local public health officials, and with regard to minimizing the spread of this virus. All events are subject to change. Please ensure your email address is on file so that we may communicate changes expeditiously.)

Questions? Please contact contact Christiane Newell in the Development Office at 919-424-4107 or cnewell@sms.edu.

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Meet our Grandparent Annual Fund Chairs

Mary Jane Jenkins and Vicky McKenzie Armes ’62C  have generously stepped forward to volunteer their time as Saint Mary’s Annual Fund 20/21 Grandparent Campaign co-chairs. Both women have deep affection for Saint Mary’s and many legacy ties to the school. Together, they partner with the Development and Alumnae Office to help engage, connect, and build relationships with other Saints Mary's grandparents, provide news and information especially relevant for grandparents, and help host Grandparents & Grandfriends Day alongside Head of School Brendan O’Shea.

Mary Jane’s connections to Saint Mary’s began with her late mother-in-law, Virginia Clark Jenkins ’34HS, and Virginia’s late sister, Nancy Clark Stronach ’35C, both of whom were Saint Mary’s girls. Two of Mary Jane’s daughters, Emily Jenkins ’94HS and Eliza Jenkins Stoecker ’96HS, also graduated from Saint Mary’s. Eliza currently serves as a member of the Alumnae Council alongside Vicky. Mary Jane’s daughter, Louise Jenkins Stowe, is mother of current student Suzie Stowe (9/D) and young alumna, May Stowe ’20. Mary Jane and her husband, Clark, have long been advocates for and leadership donors to Saint Mary’s.

Vicky is a Saint Mary’s and also raised a Saint Mary’s girl, her daughter Lawson Armes ’87HS ’89C. Vicky’s son Martin and his wife Cindy are parents to current sophomore, Sarah Pratt ’23. Vicky’s ties also include her cousin Barbara McKenzie Scott ’63C. Over the years, Vicky has tirelessly served as a member of Saint Mary’s Alumnae Council and as a vocal advocate for all things Saint Mary’s with her classmates. She is a consistent leadership donor and has served the school in several ways: as a reunion hostess, a class agent, and a member of the 175th Anniversary Gala Committee.

For both women, their most important role now is that of grandmother to their Saint Mary’s girls!

Saint Mary’s is grateful to Vicky and Mary Jane for their leadership and support of this event and the Grandparent Annual Fund Campaign. Make your gift today to the Annual Fund 20/21 Grandparent & Grandfriends Campaign here.