|Marvista was welcoming for its first PSTA meeting of the year|
It's great to visit night events at schools. Here, I met Theresa Coluccio, the PTSA president, and I also got to meet a responsible young lady who was running the child care when I dropped off my 8 year old son. Lori Bento and Ginnie Brossard were there to put the "T" in PTSA. And the meeting opened with a 6th grade string quartet performing "Ode to Joy."
|With Principal Mike Fosberg and PTSA Pres. Theresa Coluccio|
I really appreciate PTAs and what they do for students. As a district, we have had to cut $18 million dollars from our budget over the past three years. Although PTAs can't make up that difference, they do fill gaps and provide opportunities for students, such as field trips and arts experieinces, that we are not funded to provide. They also provide much more in their presence and personal support. The kids know when there are adults who care about them.
I think most of us know that it's harder to get a PTA going than ever these days. There seem to be so many competing priorities and our lives are busier than ever. So my hat's off to the many moms, some dads, and dedicated teachers who donate their time and energy to enrich the lives of our students.