Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is it true that Dr. Proctor offered an incentive of dismissing students a day early for our Winter Break if the school reaches its fundraising goal?
Answer: Yes, that is true. If we reach our goal of $33,000, the school will dismiss for Winter Break on Thursday, December 19 instead of Friday, December 20. Dr. Proctor believes that this incentive will spark all of our students to take the time and effort to distribute brochures, make phone calls, and send emails to get the support we need to reach our goal.
Question: When will students receive their packets?
Answer: Our kickoff day was Tuesday, October 15. Lower school students had packets “backpacked” home. Middle school students received theirs at the end of the school day on October 15. Upper school students will receive their packages at school on October 16. Some parents received them at teacher conferences earlier this week.
Question: I don’t want to be fooling around with paperwork. Wouldn’t it be easier to give $80 and be done with this?
Answer: I understand, but please encourage your child to distribute the brochures to neighbors and friends. Yes, we are raising funds for the school and zoo—both need support for their basic operations—but we're also raising awareness for both organizations. Distributing the brochures lets people know about our school and may help grow our enrollment. We'll be getting a lot of publicity about this event and our school and the brochures will help us! We appreciate your support as a parent—thank you—but I also want you to know that it is very important to spread the word about our school to increase our enrollment. Thanks for helping do that!
Question: Can you give gifts online and can it be assigned to a particular student?
Answer: Yes you can. When donors give online there is a place to enter the student’s name. Click here to visit the Online Giving page on our website.
Question: What if my child loses or misplaces their package, or runs out of brochures?
Answer: A pdf version of the brochure is available online. Click here to visit the Mill Mountain Day page. Don't forget the online giving link is there, too.
Question: When is the earliest we can turn in our packages?
Answer: You can turn them in whenever you are finished. We hope that each student distributes what they have been given and we hope each student gives it their best effort. We know some will fall short of our suggested $80 per student goal, so some will hopefully collect more than $80 so we can reach our overall goals.
Question: Are ECP and K students hiking? What about kids who might not be able to do a hike?
Answer: Yes, even our lower school children are hiking, but their "hike" won't be strenuous. Most of their time will be spent inside the zoo with the train and the animals. For each group, an age appropriate route has been chosen, and the routes are not strenuous. Each division is identifying students who might be challenged by the hike. Those who need transportation to the top will get a ride so they can be part of the community spirit of the day.
Question: Is this going to be a normal school hours day, or do I need to plan for a different schedule?
Answer: Students will arrive at their regular times in the morning. Students will arrive back at school on staggered schedules, but once back here, each division will continue for the remainder of the day and dismiss students at their normal time.
Question: I have students in different grades. Does each one need to distribute brochures and try to raise money?
Answer: Yes. We are counting on every child to raise money and raise awareness for the school, and we're hoping they will be able to identify people—family, friends, and neighbors—who might help the school to raise $80 per student so we can reach our overall goal.
Question: Is there a rain date?
Answer: Yes. Though we anticipate pleasant conditions, there is always a chance of rain. If the event has to be cancelled, the rain date is the following Wednesday, November 6.
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