We have our final PTO meeting on Tuesday and that means elections for next year. It's an exciting time! Maybe you've been considering stepping up into a position. Let me encourage you!
I have thoroughly enjoyed being the PTO president this year. It is a year I will always look back on with extrememly fond memories! Was it work? Sure, but it was work that I found meaningful and rewarding. I loved doing things for my kids' school and the teachers! I loved meeting other parents, both at meetings and working on various projects together! I loved getting to know the teachers and staff at Aurora, and let me just say, they truly are an All-Star staff!! We are so fortunate to have such caring professionals teaching our children! (That was lots of love, I know. I know.)
There are many opportunities that will be available and aside from the president position, they will all be open for current and new leaders to take on! Each position, besides the president-elect, is a one year commitment only. The president-elect is a two year commitment, one year as "vice president" and one year as president. Erica Johnson has been the president-elect this year and will be moving into the president position next year.
The other two positions on the board are secretary and treasurer. They've been filled by the same two awesome volunteers for the past two years. Although, we would love to continue having them serve in that capacity, they may want a break and a chance to do other things in PTO.
There are many committee chair positions available, if the board does not interest you. With any of the committees, you can be the solo chairperson or grab your friend and the two of you can co-chair it together! The various committees are: Book Fair, Teacher Appreciation & National Education Week, Conference Meals, School Supplies, Special Events, Box Tops & Labels, Parent Helpers, Yearbook, Fundraiser (graciously already filled by Tanya Thompson), Spirit Wear, and Flu Shot Clinic.
I hope as you read those positions, one of them jumped out at you or at least tugged on your heart a little bit. You don't need to have any previous experience or special qualifications. If you care about your child's school, then you are qualified! (You probably do care, or you wouldn't be reading this in the first place! lol) The PTO can do as much or as little as the volunteers choose to do and each year brings new opportunites, new decisions and new volunteers! I hope to see you on Tuesday and I would LOVE to write your name beside one of these positions!