The Role of the Parent Teacher Organization

A Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a formal organization that consists of parents, teachers and school staff. The organization’s goals may vary from schools, but essentially the goals include volunteerism of parents, fundraising for school needs, encouragement of teachers and students, community involvement and welfare of students and families.

A PTO generally consists of a board. These members may include a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. They may also include various specialty positions and committees. The board typically governs the PTO by creating and voting on meeting dates, general meeting programs, etc.

A PTO is local and does not pay dues or other fees, unlike the PTA that is supported by a state and national association and does require funds to be sent to the program. The PTO is a non-profit 501(c) organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Teachers and staff may become involved in the PTO by helping to plan events that encourage the education of the students. These may include workshops, tutoring, cultural events or special family nights.

The students reap the benefits by the involvement and support of all the adults involved in the PTO. The PTO supports the educational goals of the school, thus extending those goals to the students.

If you are interested in joining the PTO please fill out the Membership Form.