If you’ve ever attended a Bethel Park School Board Meeting or watched one on BPTV, you know that sometimes they can be lengthy. As you can imagine, with a school district the size of Bethel Park, the agenda for items to be voted upon can be extensive.
Before we get into the voting portion of our meetings, we always begin with good news, not only from our Central Office Administrators in the form of a “Good News” PowerPoint presentation outlining the great things that our students and staff are doing in our schools and the athletic fields, but also from our PTO Council, who provide us with a comprehensive update of what our hard-working parents are doing to enhance the educational experiences of our students.
We are pleased that we have active PTO/PTA/PTSO organizations in all of our elementary and middle schools, working tirelessly on a variety of fundraisers to provide programming, events and activities for our students that are not included in the District’s Operating Budget.
Each month, a representative from the PTO Council comes to our Regular Meeting and shares school by school all of the wonderful things that are happening because of PTO efforts, including but not limited to: Spirit Nights, Book Fairs, Read-A-Thons, family events such as Movie Nights, Bingos and Ice Cream Socials; speakers and assemblies, field trips, enrichment activities, after school programs, charity events and playground equipment, to name a few.
Every month, this report amazes us and makes us proud to learn about parents who go above and beyond to support their children and our schools. As a former PTO President, I have a good understanding of what it takes to be successful, but I don’t think the average citizen knows exactly how much time and effort our PTO parents put into making all of these activities a reality. That’s why we are pleased to turn the microphone over to the PTO Council representatives each month. We want everyone to know that when you’re asked to buy a candle or a candy bar or eat at a particular restaurant on a Spirit Night, you are making a vital contribution to the educational experiences of our students.
“Thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough to say to all of our PTO families for everything that you do. Please know your efforts are recognized and appreciated. You make a real difference in the lives of our students.
So the next time you are at a School Board Meeting or watching it on TV and you wonder why we just “can’t get on with the voting,” you’ll have a better understanding of how much we value the contributions of our PTO organizations, and we hope that you will share in our gratitude and pride for these hard-working organizations.
Thank you, Bethel Park PTOs, PTAs and PTSOs for your constant support of the Bethel Park School District!
As we rapidly approach the holidays, I want to also take this opportunity—on behalf of the Bethel Park Board of School Directors—to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!