What is PTO?
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a self-governing organization. It is organized and operated by specific rules and regulations contained by a set a of bylaws.
Who can become a member of PTO?
Any parent/guardian of a Bolivar Elementary School student may become a member. No membership dues are paid.
What is the purpose of PTO?
The purpose of PTO is to promote a working relationship among parents, teachers, and administrators. The organization supports the school, enhances the learning experience for all children, and strengthens the community bond by promoting open communication. Its members strive to bring the home, the school, and the child into a closer relationship, and thereby create a spirit of cooperation that will enhance the learning experience of all the students.
What does PTO do?
The PTO conducts meetings throughout the year to report the status of projects and to provide students with an opportunity to perform for parents and relatives. PTO also plans and conducts fundraising activities.
Why do we have fundraisers, and where does the money go?
PTO raises funds to provide extras such as reading program incentives, playground equipment, computers, Red Ribbon Week materials, Jr. Beta Club convention support, and educational support materials for teachers. The organization also hosts a t-shirt design contest, Trunk or Treat event, and BES’s Annual Spring Carnival. All funds are spent in a manner that will directly benefit the students.
What can I do?
PTO programs and events are organized, funded, and run by the members. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for anyone wishing to participate. Many events require manpower at tables, baking, or making phone calls. An individual may volunteer for as many or as few hours as he/she wishes. Feel free to contact any PTO officer with questions or how to find out what role you may play in your child's school.
Do I have to attend the meetings?
All parents, teachers, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend, but attendance at the meetings is not required. All meetings include a treasurer's report and updates on upcoming events and fundraisers. It's also a forum to discuss new issues and propose ideas.
What are the benefits of PTO?
PTO gives parents an opportunity to be involved in their children's school. Research shows that when parents are involved in their children's education, the children are more likely to:
When and where are meetings held?
The business meetings are held in the school gym at 6:00p.m.