St. Patrick PTO hosts first meeting

On Wednesday evening, the newly-formed St. Patrick PTO held its first meeting, during which they discussed their upcoming events. Guests were treated to a spaghetti dinner provided by the St. Patrick cafeteria staff.

Several parents and teachers were in attendance, including senior mom Sheila Noel. “Enhancing and building parent involvement is one of the most important things we can do for our children,” says Noel, “along with increasing fellowship for parents, supporting teachers, and creating a true collaborative approach for our school.” This is the first organization at St. Patrick with the mission of bringing together students, parents, and teachers in order to foster a more united environment. “At the end of the school day, one of the most important things, in fact, the key to a child’s success, is the positive involvement of parents.”

The PTO plans to hit the ground running, with its first big event being the upcoming Junior High Dance and Parent Social. They aim to provide an event that brings together both students and parents and allows everyone to form connections and relationships.

The PTO’s first executive board consists of the following members:  President Amy Olsen, Vice President Roger Morris, Secretary Angela Culbertson, and Treasurer Renee Dellenger. “As a group, we are passionate about our school and look forward to seeking new opportunities to serve anywhere we are needed,” says President Amy Olsen. “St. Patrick has always been a big family, and I’m excited that this year we have introduced a PTO to offer parents an organized way to be involved in supporting the students and faculty throughout the school year.”

Senior mom Jennifer D’Aquilla strongly supports the efforts of the new PTO. “A well-run PTO is the backbone of a great school community. It’s a great way to support our faculty, administration, and students.” The PTO hopes to improve the environment of St. Patrick this year. Parents are encouraged to come to the next meeting and join this awesome organization!