The LES PTO aims to conduct purposeful fundraising to support educational programs and exciting events for our Wildcat families.

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Our Goals for the 21-22 School Year
  1. Create and implement a Teacher Reimbursement Program that will reimburse teachers up to $50 for items that they purchased towards their classrooms (with provided receipts).

  2. Create and implement a Staff Member of the Month Awards Program to recognize staff members who go above and beyond for our students and district. 

  3. Send out a routine monthly newsletter each month August 2021- May 2022 to continue creating transparency about our efforts with the community and district, as well as give additional information regarding events, volunteer opportunities, etc. 

  4. Offer a new spirit wear line of unique products that are made by local vendors and are affordable for our community. 

  5. Continue to grow our social media presence, branding awareness and followers/subscribers. 

  6. Create and implement a Compassion In Action Program to privately lend support- financially, emotionally or physically- to district staff, students or families that are suffering from loss, illness, etc. throughout the school year. This may include meal trains, gift cards, warm clothes, or more.

  7. Host a first annual LES PTO Mother/Son Event geared towards providing an evening of fun and memories for students and their Mothers (or other significant female figure in their life).

  8. Increase our Community Grant Program funds to $6,250 (previously $5,000) to support projects at the schools for students and staff, and or individuals in the community who meet our grant criteria that back our mission as a PTO. 

  9. Do a thorough audit of all LES PTO financial records, and support 100% transparency of all funds.

  10. Create and implement a “RAD DAD” program that strives to bring community awareness to our mission by selecting proud, outgoing LES Dad’s who will help us to spread the enthusiasm we have for making a difference in our schools. This will also create a fundraising opportunity for our PTO. 

  11. Focus our efforts towards more in-person or on-site involvement for staff and students throughout the school year now that COVID restrictions have been decreased. 

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The LES PTO works hard year round to support our students, families, & staff at USD #416.

Our mission is to strengthen, enhance, and encourage the educational and social environment at each of our Louisburg Elementary Schools.

2020/2021  School Year Accomplishments

  1. Recruited a full LES PTO Board made up of 9 Board members

    • Prior year had 7 PTO Board Members.

    • This year’s LES PTO Board Members are all new with the exception of three members from the prior year.

    • We added a media secretary position, as well as a spirit wear coordinator for our new spirit wear objectives. 

  2. Communications:

    • Monthly newsletters August 2020- November 2020.

    • Engagement and frequent communications with school administrations.

    • LES Community survey initiated in May 2021.

      • Survey’s to become part of scheduled recurring communications.

    • Timely communications to our LES Community regarding events, volunteer opportunities, etc.

    • Built a news beautiful website for additional information and transparency in communications and happenings all year long. 

      • Also allowed us to sell tickets, spirit wear, submit forms, etc. through this site. 

    • Grew our social media presence, branding awareness and followers/subscribers IMMENSELY with the addition of our website and daily social media exposure like never done before. 

  3. Financials

    • Recurring monthly review of LES PTO financials with Board.

    • Setup PayPal and Square to accept credit card payments at events.

    • Raised over $20,000 for 2020-2021 school year at community events and fundraisers.

    • Set Up an online tax account with the state. 

    • Filed annual taxes to confirm tax exempt status.

    • Confirmed all letters needed to use tax exempt status for in store purchases. 

  4. Operations:

    • Identified operational improvement opportunities for the next year.

      • Enhances continuity for future LES PTO Boards continued success.

        • Lessons learned from prior year.

        • Policy and procedure handbook.

        • LES PTO board binder containing key documents.

        • LES PTO Google Drive account for storing LES PTO Board documents.

        • Created email accounts for spirit wear, fundraising and a general account. 

    • Taking a very proactive approach for all of our events in order to minimize disruption among the LES community while also allowing the LES PTO Board ample time to brainstorm, develop and implement our yearly events and fundraisers.

    • Gave out $5k in Community Grant Program funds that funded basketballs, communications boards at all 3 elementary schools, new recess items, music equipment and instruments, instructional materials for classrooms. 

  5. Spirit Wear Fundraising

    • New spirit wear sales program was a HUGE SUCCESS. Valerie Holmes took the lead role in coordinating this, and we sold over $3500 throughout the school year. 

    • Products offered were all local vendor made and costs were reasonable for the community to purchase. 

    • Products included: clothing, cheer bows, pop sockets, drawstring bags, hats, tumblers, apple watch bands, beanies, decals, and more. 

    • Website reporting allowed us to pay quarterly taxes to the state, and better understand our sales totals/products. 

    • We offered holiday limited time custom options for Nov and Dec for staff gifts at the schools with gift wrapping. Big success! Very popular. 

  6. Auction/General Fundraising

    1. Tara Gerber and McKenzie Phillips created multiple sponsorship opportunities, letterheads, business facing and community facing letters and documents, etc. to better represent the PTO externally. 

    2. The annual adults night was not held due to COVID restrictions as planned, however an online auction with items, teacher experiences and a 50/50 raffle was completed in lieu of the adults night live event. Proceeds from these combined were over $15k. 

    3. Sponsors were selected for the 2021-2022 school year, featured on our website, given proud sponsor business front decals, social media advertising, and were featured as a sponsor on a high value auction item during the event. All sponsor money covered the expenses for us to purchase items for the event. 

    4. Tara Gerber worked all year tirelessly to collect donations from both local but also national businesses for the auction. Teacher experiences were also a big hit!

If you are interested in knowing more about what the PTO is up to, please join us for our monthly general meetings. During the 21-22 school year, general meetings will be held the Third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm inside the library at Rockville Elementary.

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