What is the PTO?
PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization. Benjamin R. Myers Elementary School’s PTO is a parent-led organization that promotes the welfare of the students of Myers and aims to enhance each student’s educational experience with enriching programs and activities that support the curriculum and culture of the school. The PTO works to encourage interaction between family and school, serving as a source of support, as we work with teachers, staff, and the community at large to improve our children’s educational experience. Additionally, the PTO works very closely with the school administration in some of their initiatives and efforts.
So, what exactly does the PTO do?
In a nutshell, we organize, support, build community, and volunteer. The PTO organizes and sponsors events/initiatives such as: each 4th grade’s graduation class trip, designing & purchasing of 4th grade yearbooks and celebration paraphernalia; school assemblies; Scholastic Book Fair; spirit wear; field trips; author visits; teacher appreciation endeavors; expanding book accessibility and resources for all students; and other special projects derived from the needs of our Myers students and families. The first PTO event this year is the evening Yoga class at Myers. If you are a Yoga Instructor or would like to otherwise volunteer, contact us!
How does the PTO acquire the necessary funds to sponsor so many projects?
In short, fundraisers and donations. The PTO hosts year-round fundraisers such as family bingo night, penny wars, school dances, pretzel sales, and other efforts that allow us to generate the revenue needed. With that, your support of PTO events is vital to our success as a PTO!
Who is a General Member of the PTO and who is an Executive Board member of the PTO?
Any individual (parent or legal guardian), who has a child enrolled at Myers Elementary School is automatically a General Member of the organization, subject only to compliance with the provisions of the by-laws. Teachers, staff members, and administrators at Myers Elementary are also automatically General Members of the PTO. In slight contrast, PTO Executive Board members lead and organize the PTO and its activities. Executive Board members can be nominated during the 2 months before the Annual meeting, and are elected by written vote at the PTO Annual Meeting.
When and where are the PTO meetings?
Our monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month, from 7:00-7:45pm, in the Myers school library. We are adopting a hybrid approach this year for those who can’t attend in person. The meeting ID is: 816 4653 1845 and the meeting password is: 642832.
Why should I come to PTO meetings and be involved in PTO events?
Essentially, it is a benefit to your child, as parent involvement is an essential ingredient to a student’s successful educational journey. We strongly encourage all members to engage in the PTO in any capacity they can, no matter how small. Additionally, it is a great way to get connected with your child’s school community network and to keep informed about what’s happening and what’s coming up. During meetings, you will have the opportunity to share ideas, concerns, and experiences with other parents and educators in the community. PTO functions are an opportunity to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and being knowledgeable of what’s going on beyond the classroom.
How can I get in contact with the PTO?
Our email address is MyersElementaryPTO@gmail.com. If you need to connect with us, please feel free to use this avenue. Keeping in mind we meet each third Thursday of the month, so you will always have the opportunity to connect with us in that setting as well.