Brown PTO gearing up for new school year

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Summer must be coming to a close and preparations beginning for a new school year when the parent-teacher organization calls a meeting.

The Brown Elementary PTO, temporarily displaced with the school moving to a new location, hosted a meet and greet at Dairy Queen Monday, July 30. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for parents to hear plans for events scheduled for the upcoming school year.

Approximately 10 people attended the initial meeting and heard ideas for events from Magen Johnson, president of the PTO. Some of the programs in which the PTO will take part include Veteran’s Day, a pumpkin decorating contest, Grandparent’s Day, the See You at the Pole event, literacy and family nights, STAAR prep week and field day.

The year will begin with providing lunch and snacks for teachers the day of Meet the Teacher, Thursday, Aug. 16. The PTO will also be available the same night, providing parents with information about the organization.

A letter will also be sent home near the beginning of school with information about the PTO and the group will be hosting an ice cream social during the school’s open house Thursday, Sept. 20, according to Johnson.

There are differing levels of PTO membership costing $5, $10, $20 or $50. Membership fees are used for field trips and school supplies.

With the increase in teachers, staff and students at the new Brown Elementary, Johnson hopes to also increase the membership of the PTO to aid with all they do. The more people who are involved, the lighter the burden is for all. Last year, Johnson estimates approximately 60 percent of parents were involved in the PTO.

“We’re going to need twice the help so every kid knows they are loved and important,” Johnson commented.

Johnson, who is the mother of four ranging in age between three and nine, said she became involved in PTO because she wanted to meet people who her children would be spending so much time with, including teachers and parents of other students.

“The PTO is huge in elementary school,” Johnson stated. “We have paid for field trips, provided field day and T-shirts for students. We help teachers with grants, get wish list-items for teachers and send them to conferences and trainings.”

Besides Johnson, other officers of the Brown Elementary PTO include Katie Becerra, vice president, Lindsey Langston, secretary and Lisa Allen, treasurer.

Additional information about the PTO can be found on the Facebook page Brown Elementary PTO, though a request must be made to join the group.

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