Bethlehem School PTO Has Very Successful First Year

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 02:50 PM.

Bethlehem School Store: There will be extensive involvement by the PTO with the organizing and management of an in-house school store at Bethlehem School. They will also involve the business class students, who will be volunteering their free time to manage the store and sell the school supplies and small treats that will be stocked for sale to the students. There is money in a school fund for this project already, and Walmart Stores has a grant available to purchase supplies as well. All proceeds generated from the store will benefit the school, and it's students.


About the Bethlehem School PTO:

This Parent Teacher Organization is a service-oriented grassroots organization headed by concerned and dedicated parents of students at Bethlehem School. It was originally approved by the former principal of the school, Mr. Zeb Brown, and organized by the current elected President Tamra Kriser. The first meeting was held on September 20, 2012 where Mr. Brown and Mrs. Kriser explained the goals of the organization and the Administration to promote better communication between the parents and staff at the school, as well as head projects and events that would benefit the students and enhance their overall educational experience. The Bethlehem School PTO has successfully completed many of these tasks in their first year of operation, and they look forward to future contributions they will be able to make.

The current Executive Board of the PTO includes: Mrs. Tamra Kriser as President, Mrs. Cheryl Powell as Vice President, Mrs. Christine LiCausi as Secretary, Ms. Gynell Pettis-Hunter as Treasurer, and Ms. Gina Schultz as PTO Startup Advisor. The organization consists of over 30 active members, including both parents and teachers, and they hold official meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. A set of official PTO Bylaws was adopted by the Executive Board soon after elections were held, and Executive Board meetings are held after each PTO monthly meeting to discuss any further plans and actions needed by the organization.

There are also six official committees within the PTO. They are as follows: The Special Events Committee, headed by Mrs. Donna Carnley as Chairperson, and Ms. Gina Schultz as Co-Chairperson. The Fundraising Committee, headed by Ms. Gynell Pettis-Hunter as Chairperson, and Ms. Heather Clark as Co-Chairperson. The Spitshine Committee, headed by Mrs. Kathy Tate as Chairperson, and Mrs. Michelle Calhoun as Co-Chairperson. The Agricultural Committee, headed by Mrs. Sherry Byrum as Chairperson. The Music and Arts Committee, headed by Mrs. Tamra Kriser as Chairperson, and Mrs. Carla Templeton as Co-Chairperson. The Publicist Committee, headed by Mrs. Christine LiCausi as Chairperson.

There is an official Facebook page for the Bethlehem School PTO at: Anyone who would like more information about the organization, special events, volunteer opportunities, and all it's accomplishments can access this information at the official page. There is also a reference to this on the official Bethlehem High School Facebook page, and the Holmes District School Board website at:

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