Honorable mention honors given Michigan Avenue PTO

PTO Today magazine recognizes group’s efforts in helping school

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Posted 7/8/17

The Michigan Avenue Elementary School PTO has once again been recognized for its efforts to help the school.

The PTO was recently listed as an honorable mention for Parent Group of the Year …

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Honorable mention honors given Michigan Avenue PTO

PTO Today magazine recognizes group’s efforts in helping school

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The Michigan Avenue Elementary School PTO has once again been recognized for its efforts to help the school.

The PTO was recently listed as an honorable mention for Parent Group of the Year by PTO Today magazine.

PTO Today magazine is seen as the pinnacle knowledge base for PTOs and PTAs across the United States. For the past 11 years, they have conducted a national search for the PTO of the Year.

In 2015-16, the MAS PTO was awarded with a Special Recognition for Excellence. In 2014-15, the MAS PTO received an honorable mention, too. These awards stressed superior all-around involvement efforts and emphasized a variety of accomplishments and activities, including implementing successful family events.

“We are honored to represent MAS, and it’s truly our pleasure to work with fabulous teachers, administration and parents,” said Becca Brnik, PTO president. “Receiving recognition for the past three years have just been an added bonus. We don’t volunteer to get awards. We help in order to support MAS. We know it takes a lot of people working together to accomplish our goals.” 

The MAS PTO consists of a volunteer board which includes: President Becca Brnik, External VP Amy Eubanks, Internal VP Angie Myers, Secretary Amanda Traunero and Treasurer Maria Kemp. Retiring from the board at the end of the 2016-17 school year were: Vice President Jessica Wolfenden and Secretary Racheal Swigert. Their school liaisons for 2016-17 were Principal Angela Lawson, Title 1/Family Engagement Sha’ree Morgan and teacher representatives Kristin Stansell and Jennifer Brantley.

The MAS PTO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which had over 140 family members last year.

The PTO congratulated all members of the PTO for everyone’s hard work, dedication and supporting MAS in many ways including thousands of volunteer hours. Michigan Avenue School is a Tennessee Reward School, and the MAS PTO helps support the high academic standards and school’s vision.

The MAS PTO sponsors over 30 events at the school, including the annual Possum Queen Coin Drive to benefit teachers’ accounts, monthly teacher and staff appreciation events, an outdoor family movie night, a Family Fun Night with BINGO for books, a very successful spring auction, art opportunities and grant writing endeavors to support the school’s vision.

The PTO also helps fund needed reading interventionist programs which help sustain the school’s academic excellence. This past year, the PTO also sponsored the MAS Strides program in the community with help of UTC Extension Office, which allowed members of the community to compete in a walking competition.

Furthermore, its 2017 auction, the Buckaroo Ball, was able to raise in excess of $17,000 for their operating budget while highlighting family fun which included live music, a petting zoo, a costume competition and a movie night for children.

Additionally, the MAS PTO also helps support PTOs across Bradley County by hosting an online support group and meeting with newly elected PTO leaders to help offer ideas and connections.

“We know it takes a lot of people working together to accomplish our goals. We are extremely thankful for parents who sincerely are eager to help in any way possible,” Brnik said.

“We are proud of our school and want our children to have the best opportunity as possible. It is the PTO’s vision to create community and create memories. At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids and having fun.”

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