Children begging to go to school?
Elementary students of all grade levels enjoyed the PTSO’s annual carnival. While the purpose of this event is to raise money for the PTSO, it has become a community event that is highly anticipated by many of the county’s shorter citizens. Teachers announced the affair in their classrooms and encouraged the students to come and bring their families. Posters hung throughout the school to broadcast the upcoming carnival. These strategies brought great results. Several hundred individuals came together to eat pizza, get their faces and nails painted and throw footballs.
Angie Farr attended with her kids for the 3rd year in a row. “The kids love it and it’s fun to support the school,” Angie said as she waited with her children in line for the ring toss. Each child had their favorite game but her son Milton’s preferred game was the donut eating competition . This was a challenge where the participants had to eat little donuts off of a table without their hands. This was one of the favorite games at the carnival.
The celebration raised just under $1000 to get the year started. The PTSO funds all of the schools field trips, as well as many other events for the students. The PTSO pays for things like Dads and donuts, meals during parent teacher conference, extra books, ribbon week and many other activities. The carnival and box tops for education are the two main fund raisers for the Elementary school. The organization is always in need of donations, which can be made at the school office.
The biggest need the Morgan Elementary School PTSO has right now is volunteers. They are continually seeking for aid in giving the students opportunities. They have monthly meetings advertised in flyers sent home with the students. They are alternating times to try and accommodate parents busy schedules. Minutes from these meetings can be found in the school office. There are many hands on jobs for activities but also plenty jobs that can be done at home and unscheduled.
“Come give it a shot and see if you like it,” encourages Annette Streadbeck, PTSO president. She has found being an integral part of the PTSO challenging yet rewarding. She has also watched as others starting their volunteer service with the group become to really enjoy the opportunities that are presented. She even suggests starting with a friend if you like.
The PTSO really needs more parents to get involved and the carnival was a good example. There are roughly 700 students and only six of their parents volunteered to help the PTSO presidency. Without the support of parents they nearly had to cancel the project. Luckily the Troyettes and several members of the Morgan High Service Club were able to save the festivities. They painted nails and faces. They awarded prizes and helped children “fish.” There were also several young boys that heard of the carnival’s predicament and volunteered to run the football toss. It is commendable that they stepped in, but also could be a wake up call to many parents that there is a need for their service. They also welcome additional donations from those parents that would like to contribute but are unable to volunteer.
Overall the carnival was a success and something that is planned to continue next year. The PTSO also has some fun activities coming up to involve more students and those that support them. Support the Morgan PTSO today.