Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Secretary Carrie Loe, Vice President Carole Ann Lewis, Teacher Edith Hooper, President Petra Wilson, and Event Organizer Jennifer Cruz at the February ‘Break The Winter Blues’ Family Dance.
HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Elementary School PTA voted on Monday, March 23, to become the Hot Springs K-12 PTA. Under the new designation, projects and fundraisers can be applied to the middle and high schools as well as the elementary school.
According to the organization’s treasurer Suzanne Givler, the Hot Springs K-12 PTA is the only community PTA in South Dakota. Community PTAs require extra coordination to ensure all three schools are represented during all business transactions and that attendees from all three schools are welcomed and involved.
Despite the extra coordination that will be required, the benefits will be remarkable, Givler said. Programs such as the Reflections Art Program and Teacher Appreciation lunches, among others, and all fundraising and future projects can immediately be expanded to include all three schools.
Edith Hooper, Hot Springs second grade teacher and multiyear PTA attendee, said, “I have said from the very inception of the idea that a combined K-12 PTA in the Hot Springs schools and community at large is the missing link to the school/home connection. Having been in education for 30+ years teaching at all levels, I have seen what a positive force this can be in achieving a common goal of open communication between parents and teachers. It is because we have committed, positive officers and regular attendees that are always striving to make things better that we are able to make this real.
“I will continue to be a proud supporter of the Hot Springs K-12 PTA. Together we can accomplish great things for our school and community. It is a win-win decision this day forward!”
A Productive Past Two Years
The Hot Springs Elementary School PTA was able to complete exciting new projects over the past two school years. These accomplishments were due in very large part to extremely generous donations from The Vault, Burnouts Pizza, and Lynn’s Dakotamart.
Burnouts Pizza hosted a monthly PTA night from 2018 through 2020, during which a portion of sales was donated to the PTA. The Vault started a monthly PTA night in 2019.
In addition, students collected Lynn’s receipts, because Lynn’s donates 1% of the value of all collected receipts back to the school.
The PTA also raised money for the school through an annual Bingo night, Box Tops collections, Amazon Smile purchases, annual coupon book sales, concessions at school sports events, memberships, and community donations. Many local businesses contributed to these events.
The support from the businesses opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the PTA and elementary school. These donations and fundraisers financed the following purchases:
A brand new playground spinner nicknamed “Topsy Turvy” (also contributed to by student council); Logoed polo shirts for all elementary staff; Playground balls for all grades; Classroom supplies checks for every classroom; Chamber Bucks prizes for honor roll students; Culligan water for staff; Wooden playground maintenance supplies; A new coffee station for the staff; Sweatpants for the nurse to use for needy kids and potty accidents
The donations also helped fund the following programs and events, among others: Reflections Art Program; Teacher’s appreciation luncheons; Bingo night; STEAM night; Movie night; SD PTA conference attendance; Literacy Night; First ever elementary school dance
The PTA is ending this school year with generous funds available for more projects in the coming school years.
Seeking Volunteers for the 2020-2021 School Year
At a digital meeting on Monday, April 20, officers will be elected for the new Hot Springs K-12 PTA for the coming two year term. Membership is open to all. Volunteers do not need to have a child in the school system. All three schools must be represented at all future meetings. The PTA meets once per month during the school year.
If you are interested in helping the Hot Spring Schools, the PTA asks that you please plan to tune in to this important meeting. The Hot Springs K-12 PTA Facebook page will have information on how to tune in. Through the Facebook page, you can also contact any of the current officers with questions: Petra Wilson, president; Carole Ann Lewis, vice president; Carrie Loe, secretary; and Suzanne Givler, treasurer. Please click Like to follow the page and stay up to date on all PTA happenings.
“Please consider helping support this worthy cause,” Givler said. “Also please continue to collect Lynn’s receipts and shop at Amazon Smile to help support our schools!”