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Harbison West Elementary PTO


    Hello Hero Families,

    Welcome 2017!  We now begin our second half of the school year, and in doing so I have found myself reflecting on our efforts these past few months. So far, I would declare our efforts a success!  We are making an impact with our students and teachers, and we are growing our organization.  If you have not joined our team for an event or activity, we warmly welcome you to respond to one of the calls we periodically put out for help.  And help can come in many forms - volunteer hours, monetary donations, prep work at home when you have time in your schedule.  And aside from this work directly benefitting our students, a very positive side effect of getting involved is making friends.  I have made some great friends through PTO!


    So, what has the PTO done so far you may ask?  Well, at the conclusion of October’s Heroes Hustle we officially raised enough money to purchase the long talked-about rock wall for our gym.  We have been discussing the type of rock wall we need at our monthly morning meetings and hope to have this purchased and installed soon.  We have initiated mini-grants to help offset costs for our school’s many after school clubs and activities.  And new as of December, we began scholarships for each grade level to help put more resources into the hands of our teachers.  We also held a Winter Celebration on December 14th where the children got the opportunity to make a craft, sing songs and get their pictures taken...and while that was happening, their teachers were treated to yummy finger foods provided by some of our wonderful families.


    Now that January is here, we will be shifting gears a bit.  We will continue with mini-grant support and grade level scholarships, but we also have new needs on the horizon.  One goal is to help raise money to purchase and replenish school supplies for classrooms; believe it or not, some classes were already down to their last pencils as of December.  A second goal is to work towards offsetting field trip costs for our kids.  Field trips are fun and help reinforce the learning that has taken place in the classroom, so we want to make sure that all children have the opportunity to participate.  And as a partner with the School Improvement Council, we also hope to provide some support towards their Reading Heroes Project, which provides new books to each child for reading over the summer and keeping that Summer Slide in-check.  Not only do the kids really enjoy getting to choose books for themselves, as they outgrow them, we have encouraged them to return them to the school to be used in the media center, classroom libraries or lending library.


    Please consider joining us at a monthly meeting, sign up with us when we reach out for help, or send us an email with your thoughts and ideas.  We’re growing, we’re making a difference and we’d love to have you!

    With gratitude,

    Emily Soura

    HWES PTO President

     PTO Board Members 2016-2017


    2016-2017 Officers

    2016-2017 Coordinators

    President: Emily Soura

    Box Tops Coordinator: Lydea Proctor

    Vice President: Bobbi Constable

    Birthday Book Lunch: Faith Hunter

    Treasurer: Tezra Haire

    Teacher Liasons: Taryn Hixenbaugh & Jennifer Wahrmund

    Secretary: Kristin Jensen

    Spirit Night Coordinator: Lauren Summers


    Bulletin Board Maintenance: Rachel Acosta


    Grant Proposals: Maria Shelley


    Lending Library Maintenance: Ashley Thompson