School districts around the country rely heavily on parent and community volunteers for support beyond traditional classroom activities. One organization that has been providing support for students in the Bucyrus Elementary School is the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).
The PTO provides funding for classroom programs, as well as initiatives that benefit the larger student body population. Examples of programs the PTO supports include the annual BES Field Day, Right to Read author visits and activities and the third grade Pioneer Day, just to name a few.
“The incredible support of the BES PTO has made it possible for science and history to come alive for our third grade students,” third grade teacher Kim Haldeman said. “Our trips to local sites like the Harvey School and Lowe-Volk Nature Center, where students become immersed in active learning experiences, have been funded in part by our PTO.”
In addition to annual fundraisers, the group also leads the collection and redemption of Box Tops for Education. They are also partnered with Kroger through the Kroger Community Rewards program, and have joined a new program called Amazon Smile.
The program, which is affiliated with the online retailer Amazon, gives five percent of a shopper’s purchase totals to the PTO. Those interested in shopping through the Amazon Smile program to support the Bucyrus Elementary PTO can use this link – https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2615076.
One of the most popular events, hosted by the PTO, is the annual BES Fun Night. Students and parents have the opportunity to play carnival games, enjoy bounce houses and many other activities designed to promote family time.
“The BES PTO is vital in helping our teachers and students experience success in the classroom,” Elementary School Principal Erica Dietzel said. “The programs and initiatives supported by this fantastic organization are invaluable in enhancing the student educational experience.”
The BES PTO is always looking for new members to join the organization and help continue its support of the Elementary School. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria the second Thursday of each month. Email BESPTO@bucyrusschools.org or call the Elementary School at 419-562-6089.