B. Gale Wilson PTO is about men and women working together toward a common goal. That goal is creating a better school and a better educational experience for our children. We strive to create an atmosphere where teachers and administrators can do their best work—and so can our children.
In the past year, we have:
There’s a lot more to be accomplished, and we need your help. We are moms and dads, uncles and aunts, grandparents, and friends who care about children and education. We are welcoming and friendly. We are your neighbors, and we share many of the same concerns
- Held the Back to School Ice Cream Social and Kindergarten Boo-Hoo Breakfast
- Helped bring fun programs to the school like Mad Science, Music Matter, Early Engineers, and Kidz Art
- Held a Bike Safety Rodeo and Annie Fox Anti-Bully Assembly
- Provided teacher/staff equipment & supplies
- Spring & Summer Book Fairs
- Family Fun (Bingo) Night
- Paid over $3,700 so students can attend school field trips
- Free Ice Skating
- End of School Music DJ
But that’s not the only reason to take part. There have been more than 500 independent research studies about parent involvement. The results are startling. When parents get involved in their children’s education, grades go up, test scores go up, children become more likely to pass and to attend better schools after high school, they have fewer discipline problems, and they’re less likely to use drugs and alcohol.
Volunteering doesn’t mean a huge time commitment. An hour or two a semester makes a big difference.
PTO vs. PTA: Whats the difference?
In a nutshell, PTAs are local groups that affiliate with the national PTA. These groups pay their dues to their respective state PTA and they receive benefits from the same. PTO typically stands for Parent Teacher Organization and is the general acronym for 75% of groups (PTOs, PCCs, HSAs, etc.) that choose to remain independent. PTOs are free to write their own by-laws and keep whatever dues they do charge at their school.