Parent Teacher Organization
School and Home…
Building Community Together
What is PTO?
- PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization
- Everyone is a member: parents and guardians of Horace Mann students and the Horace Mann staff
- There are no membership fees
- We are a non-profit organization and your financial contribution is tax deductible, just ask for a receipt
What does PTO do?
- PTO supports and encourages active participation of parents, guardians and staff to help build community. Community is a cornerstone of education at Horace Mann.
- PTO meets the first Tuesday of the month and offers parents, guardians and staff the opportunity to share ideas related to school functions and education of children
- PTO also brings parents, guardians and staff together to provide support to the school in the form of funds and volunteer time beyond those provided by the school district.
- Here are a few examples of how PTO funds support the Horace Mann community:
- Visiting authors and artists
- Special school assemblies
- Mann Outdoor Education
- Books for the library
- Transportation & field trips
- Classroom purchases not covered by school funds
- Other PTO community-building events
How does PTO raise funds?
PTO sponsors several fundraising events throughout the year. Parents, guardians and staff plan and work at these events, making a generous contribution of their time. All PTO events and fundraisers are optional. No one is under any obligation to buy or sell a product or to attend an event. People contribute by volunteering their time and some by contributing money. Both are equally important and very much appreciated. Together we help to build a better community at Horace Mann.
This year’s fund-raising events include:
- Scholastic Book Fair
- Bake Sale on Election Day
- Pancake Supper
- Family nights at local establishments
- Mann at the Mill
- Spring Carnival and Silent Auction
How can I participate?
- Attend a meeting. Child care, food and Spanish translation are provided
- Contact an officer to work on an event
- Be a classroom volunteer, room parents, field trip chaperone, etc…
- Send a note with your child to the teacher to volunteer
- Stop by the school office