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De Smet Parent Teacher Organization makes a difference

De Smet Parent Teacher Organization makes a difference

Two years ago, a group of parents of De Smet elementary students got together and formed the LIW Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) as a way to get parents more involved in the school.

“It is a great group of parents that are excited about making a difference in our school,” said elementary principal Abi Van Regenmorter. Not only is she on staff at the school, Van Regenmorter is also the parent of an elementary student and a member of the PTO.

The organization’s statement of purpose declares that, “We support the education and learning environment of our LIW elementary children, today and into the future,” And the parents strive to support the school through fundraising for special projects and by organizing events that the groups explains “are completely for the kids.”

The organization has grown during its few years of existence, now boasting a newsletter and Facebook page.

Members of the group can be seen working at the concession stand during football games, hosting book fairs and Tupperware parties, collecting boxtop labels at Maynard’s and auctioning off decorated trees at the school Christmas concert to raise money for future projects.

The PTO will also take over some of the fundraising events and education-based service projects from the De Smet Kiwanis group, which will soon be inactive after almost 60 years of existence.

The PTO plans to use collected funds to resurface the playground and upgrade the present playground equipment so that it is handicap accessible. Shelving for a future on-site library is also on their wish list.

A few of the moms were at the school Jan. 26 to host what they call the “Bulldog Store” for students in kindergarten through second grade.

The store opens once a month for each elementary student to “shop” from an assortment of items provided by the PTO. Tickets that the students can earn each day by displaying outstanding behavior are used to purchase provided items.

Members of the PTO held a “Holiday Shoppe” a few weeks before Christmas, allowing students to pick out gifts for family members through a list and money sent in by their parents.

The PTO board said that almost all of the LIW students participated in the shopping experience. Seven hundred gifts, bags, gift tags and 1,000 sheets of tissue paper were used at the event, which was not a fundraiser, but entirely organized for the students.

A few of the upcoming events that the group has planned are donuts and juice for Dr. Seuss Day in the beginning of March and a father-daughter dance the end of April.

Two years ago, a group of parents of De Smet elementary students got together and formed the LIW Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) as a way to get parents more involved in the school.

“It is a great group of parents that are excited about making a difference in our school,” said elementary principal Abi Van Regenmorter. Not only is she on staff at the school, Van Regenmorter is also the parent of an elementary student and a member of the PTO.

The organization’s statement of purpose declares that, “We support the education and learning environment of our LIW elementary children, today and into the future,” And the parents strive to support the school through fundraising for special projects and by organizing events that the groups explains “are completely for the kids.”

The organization has grown during its few years of existence, now boasting a newsletter and Facebook page.

Members of the group can be seen working at the concession stand during football games, hosting book fairs and Tupperware parties, collecting boxtop labels at Maynard’s and auctioning off decorated trees at the school Christmas concert to raise money for future projects.

The PTO will also take over some of the fundraising events and education-based service projects from the De Smet Kiwanis group, which will soon be inactive after almost 60 years of existence.

The PTO plans to use collected funds to resurface the playground and upgrade the present playground equipment so that it is handicap accessible. Shelving for a future on-site library is also on their wish list.

A few of the moms were at the school Jan. 26 to host what they call the “Bulldog Store” for students in kindergarten through second grade.

The store opens once a month for each elementary student to “shop” from an assortment of items provided by the PTO. Tickets that the students can earn each day by displaying outstanding behavior are used to purchase provided items.

Members of the PTO held a “Holiday Shoppe” a few weeks before Christmas, allowing students to pick out gifts for family members through a list and money sent in by their parents.

The PTO board said that almost all of the LIW students participated in the shopping experience. Seven hundred gifts, bags, gift tags and 1,000 sheets of tissue paper were used at the event, which was not a fundraiser, but entirely organized for the students.

A few of the upcoming events that the group has planned are donuts and juice for Dr. Seuss Day in the beginning of March and a father-daughter dance the end of April.

Posted on 01-31-2018

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