What Is A PTO?
 PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. A PTO is a group comprised of parents, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students at the Elementary School level. The goals are to encourage interaction between family and school, serve as a source of support, and work with teachers, staff, and the community at large to improve each child’s educational experience. The PTO works closely with the school administration to meet these goals.
If you look up “PTO” in the dictionary you might find words like: organize, support, help, and volunteer. The PTO organizes special events and fundraises for the schools they represent. Any parent or guardian of a current enrolled student as well as all current faculty and staff can join.
Each elementary school in Effingham County has an active Parent, Teacher Organization. Following you will find their plans for the 2018-19 school term.Blandford Elementary
Leaders: Teri Massey and Ashley Boyette
What are your goals for the 2018-19 school term?
The goal for the Blandford Elementary School PTO is to serve our teachers, staff, and administrators in any way possible in order to make this the most successful year our children can possibly have.  The core PTO team for the school coordinates the various projects throughout the year.  Our school motto is One School, One Team.
So far this year, we have several events planned.  There will be a BooHoo Breakfast for the parents of our kindergarten students, Teacher Appreciation Events, and a Daddy/Daughter dance.  We are also working to establish a Spirit Store with the help of Peachy Tees, another small local business in Springfield.  They are creating a website that will allow parents to directly order spirit wear throughout the year.  This will be in addition to the campus spirit store that will be open weekly.  The store will be staffed by our awesome parent volunteers.  We plan to create a network of local businesses that will contribute and help us throughout the year.
Our goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to raise funds to increase the ratio of available technology per student.  We are working to finalize our list of fundraising opportunities.
Ebenezer Elementary
Leader:  Kara Gelderman
The mission of Ebenezer Elementary School PTSO is to work in cooperation with our parents and teachers to reach our common goal of providing the best educational experience for our students. We support the students and school both monetarily, as well as through volunteering, while providing opportunities for our families to connect.
A few of the events that are planned for the 2018-2019 school term are Family Painting Night, Supper with Santa, Bingo for Books and the Boosterthon Program.
In the fall, Ebenezer Elementary PTSO will be offering a catalog sale which includes a variety of items for purchase. For the spring, we will partner again with the Boosterthon Program. Both of these types of fundraisers have been very successful for us in the past and we look forward to applying those funds directly to areas of the school where improvements are needed.
The Ebenezer Elementary School PTSO has a three-part goal for the upcoming school year:
1. We place great emphasis on hosting a variety of family centered events and activities to help foster connections between
our families and the school. This also provides an excellent opportunity to get involved through volunteering.
2. Through our annual fundraisers, we support the financial needs of our school which are not met by other sources of
3. Family connections and support of our fundraisers help make our third goal of providing educational enrichment a
Meeting our technology demands is something we have focused on for several years and will continue to be one of our primary objectives for the coming year.
Guyton Elementary
Leader: Heather Thompson
The mission of the Guyton Elementary School PTO is to raise funds for things that will help our children’s education. We enjoy working with parents, teachers and students to make our fundraising something that will benefit everyone.
The biggest event we have planned for this school year is our Fall Festival. Our school will be turned into a place of fun for all ages. The most popular at this event is the Haunted Hallway. Our amazing 4th and 5th grade teachers and staff make the entire hallway scary. In the past we have had obstacle courses, trick-or-treating, cake walks and hay rides, along with several other games and food. We also open The Santa Shop for a week in December. This gives students and families a chance to shop for the people they care about. It is so exciting to be a part of this event and watch how happy the kids are for the opportunity to shop. We also do a birthday celebration where we give each student a cupcake and drink during the month of his or her birthday.
We are excited about the fundraisers we have planned for the 2018-2019 school year. We like to call them “Fun”raisers because we    like to plan things that get the students and their families involved by making them fun activities. We have Bingo Nights planned, Santa Night, lollipop sale for Valentine’s Day, and we are hoping to team up with a Fun Run at the end of the year. There is a monthly fundraiser, Fun Friday, where we sell the students a snack and a drink for $1.00. This happens the last Friday of every month.
One of the goals of the PTO for this school year is to purchase a covered area that will give our students a place to sit in the shade during their recess time. Most of the school year is very hot and we feel that this will be a great way to spend the funds that are raised throughout the year.Rincon Elementary
Leaders: Tiffany Altman, Courtney Barnwell
The mission for the Rincon Elementary School PTO is to create a strong community that serves our students, families, teachers and staff. We promote communication between administration, faculty, parents and the community to enrich our children’s’ education.
We have a couple of events planned for the 2018-2019 school year. We are going to have a grand opening ceremony for the new school this fall, and in December, we are planning a Christmas Family Fun Night.
Our fundraisers kick off this fall when the students will be selling chocolate. We are also planning a Boosterthon Fun Run in January. The students approach parents, grandparents and friends for pledges for the laps that they will run or walk. The Boosterthon actually lasts for two weeks and is not limited to the Fun Run. During this time we also hold character building workshops and pep rallies for the students.
During the 2017-2018 school year, we launched a 3 year campaign to raise at least $100,000 for new school expenses. We were able to raise $30,000 that will go directly toward the new school expenses. Our goal for this school term is to continue and increase the pace that was set so that we can reach our financial goal.
Sandhill Elementary
Leader: Angela Wise
The mission of the Sandhill Elementary School PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Some of the events planned for the 2018-2019 school year are a Boo Hoo Breakfast, Spooky Supper, Santa Shop, and Family Fun Nights.
We are planning on a fall fundraiser with the help of Otis Spunkmeyer and a chocolate fundraiser in the spring.
Our goal for the upcoming school year is to bring the families of Sand Hill Elementary School together to support and help our students grow in an enriching environment.
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