Published 7:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2014
For the first time in ten years, the Poplarville School District has a parent teacher organization.
Katie Santiago is the mother of three children who attend Poplarville’s Lower Elementary and Middle Schools.
“Last year I attended a faculty, staff and parent meeting and after I made a positive suggestion, I was approached by Superintendent Carl Merritt about forming a PTO,” Santiago said.
The group was formed in August and has grown to include about 100 members, Santiago said.
The PTO has four officers including:
• President: Santiago
• Vice-President: Sandy Hubbard
• Treasurer: Mona Martin
• Secretary: Sarah Polk
“All the ladies involved in the organization are enthusiastic and jumped in with both feet,” Santiago said.
The PTO will soon be hosting fundraisers to raise funds for projects and extra things that teachers might need.
Future events include an ice cream social, raffle and a spring 5K walk/run.
The PTO has already donated poster board to a classroom and grass to cover a spot on the playground at the Lower Elementary, Santiago said.
“The funds we raise will go towards projects and extra supplies for teachers that will enhance a child’s experience,” Santiago said. “We want our schools to remain progressive and offer a broad experience for our kids.”
Santiago said the PTO was not formed to change district policy. The group will act as a facilitator to foster better relationships between teachers, students and parents.
Currently the group has two liaisons for each of Poplarville’s four schools. These members communicate with the schools to learn about events, Santiago said.
“The PTO’s main purpose is to provide an extra helping hand to teachers who in turn help the students perform better,” Santiago said. “We also want to recognize the special achievements of our teachers and students.”
Find the PTO on Facebook at Poplarville PTO.
Check the district’s website at www.poplarvilleschools.org for a listing of upcoming events, Santiago said.
Parents that are interested in joining may contact Santiago by email at email@example.com or leave a note at one of the schools with the parent’s name, contact information and the schools their children attend.
There is a $5 membership fee per family for each school year.
The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Poplarville High School at 6 p.m. Santiago said that all parents are welcome to attend the meetings.