The Parent Teacher Organization, mostly known as the PTO is an organization with parents and teachers to enhance the school’s educational, recreational and social experience. The Ryan Intermediate, Richland Elementary and Kellogg Elementary all have the Parent Teacher Organization.
The PTO’s role includes fundraising, without which, schools would not have the opportunity to do activities such as popcorn Friday, mileage club, assemblies and school field trips.
“Kellogg’s PTO goal is to enrich the education of Kellogg Elementary students and gull lake students by fundraising,” said Kelly Hickey, the Kellogg Elementary PTO Co-President.
With fundraising by the PTO, students can have fun at school and outside of school.
This weekend On Saturday, November 9 the Kellogg Elementary PTO hosted the Holly Jolly Craft Show at the middle school.
The holiday craft show had over 50 selling booths, with beautiful handmade creations. The booths covered the whole gym and were filled throughout the main hallway.
There were many vendors to shop from with all different kinds of creations. There were booths selling jewelry, knitted goods, slime, clothing, candles, and wood creations. All the vendors at the show had well-crafted creations to sell. There were even items like protein and energy drinks as well as travel agents. Boy scouts were there as well, so were the girls in which they were selling cookies.
“The goal this year for the craft show is to make it more of a community event rather than a Kellogg elementary event,” Hickey said.
Last year the craft show was hosted at the Kellogg elementary. This year they expanded the craft show to the middle school to make it more of a community event, and have more people experience the show. They pushed more towards making it a family event as well.
This year for the craft show, the Kellogg PTO donated a booth to Grad Bash to sell and help with its program. Grad Bash is organized each year by senior parents and is the tradition after their graduation ceremony trip that celebrates the seniors’ accomplishments. The trip needs lots of funds from food to the trip itself.
The High School Marching Band also had a booth donated to them at Holly Jolly Craft show for donations. They were there wrapping the presents for those who bought items.
The craft show was for everyone, even the little ones. Santa clause was there, he had the whole setup so you could have taken pictures with him.
The Kellogg PTO also has many other programs and activities throughout the year and upcoming years. In October they had one of their biggest fundraising events, the Fall Festival. The fall festival was designed like a carnival with bouncy houses, face paint, and carnival games.
“All the fundraising goes towards assemblies and educational programs and field trips,” Hickey said.
The PTO pays for all the field trips Kellogg Elementary takes.
Upcoming events and activities would include muffins with mom, Donuts with Dad, color run, second-grade musical, end of the year picnic and many more activities and programs. All of these events help bring the community closer and enhance the student’s experience.
The Holly Jolly Craft Show had an amazing outcome and helped benefit Grad Bash, Gull Lake Marching Band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Kellogg Elementary.