Published DateBELMONT — The Belmont High School PTO is back after many years and is welcoming BHS parents to join.
BHS PTO President, Donna Iacopucci said "We are excited to create an organization that opens up communication between parents, students, teachers, administration and our community. The positive support has been extremely encouraging. We all agree that with the budget challenges we face in our schools and the expanding needs of students, keeping parents and schools connected is critical."
Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month. The February meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 6 p.m. at the BHS Guidance office.
The organization recently adopted the following mission statement:
"The mission of the Belmont High School (BHS) PTO is to support the BHS administration, staff and students in maintaining BHS as a school of excellence. Activities we will be engaged in will include, but not be limited to, applying for available grants, educating parents on topics of interest, fundraising, and identifying and supporting student programs to promote educational excellence."
A few projects the PTO has worked on include:
— Bylaws have been created and are in the final phase of approval. Voting for the 2013 PTO Board confirmed the following: Donna Iacopucci (President), Carrie Martin (Vice President), Colleen Akerman (Secretary), Lisa Garnett (Treasurer) and Gretta Olson-Wilder (Community Liaison).
— Guest speakers at PTO meetings over the last few months have included Alan Robichaud – Community Development Director for Lakes Region United Way and Jen Gagnon – Director of Student Assistance Program. Future guests will include Maria Dreyer (Superintendent), and others are being planned.
— The PTO acquired a donation of ten sets of the audio program and workbook titled, "You're Empowered! Parenting Teens with Conviction, Communication and Love" by Sue Blaney.
— Monthly meeting topics of discussion have included: bullying, curriculum, non-traditional fundraising, social programs, speakers and workshops for parents and students, student issues and challenges, among others.
— The PTO is working at identifying creative and less traditional fundraising opportunities that will not be a burden to parents and students. They would welcome additional suggestions and opportunities for fundraising.