What is a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)?

A PTO is a formal organization that consists of parents, teachers and school staff.   We support the volunteerism of parents, encouragement of teachers and students, community involvement, and welfare of students and families.

What is the difference between a PTO and  PTA?

They are similar in that both promote parent participation, but a PTA takes a more active role in developing programs, advocacy and training.  PTA operates at the school building, district, state and national levels and works on policy to better support children.  Local PTA units set their own goals and missions, but they also join together to advocate and partner as a larger group.  PTA is membership based and uses money from dues to offer staff support and grants, and to develop national programs.  A PTO is unaffiliated, local and does not pay dues to a national umbrella organization.

Who can join the PTO at Highland Park?

Anyone who supports the educational goals of our school  and is concerned with the welfare of our students.  Parents, guardians, relatives, teachers, community members, alumni etc. 

How much does it cost to belong to the PTO?

Nothing.  So mark your calendars to attend our next meeting is on a Thursday at 6:00 in the Media Center and become involved!  Attend to make sure we are being good stewards and spending wisely for the greater good of the Highland Park student body.

What Highland Park PTO Fundraising Money Supports; Including but not limited to:

Supplemental Classroom Allowances

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Field Trips – In complete or offsetting costs

Field Trip Busing Costs

Art Show/Book Fair

Destination Imagination Team

Classroom Box Top Parties

Mother’s Day Tea

Spring Carnival

5th Grade Luncheon

Field Day

Yearbook Creation

Special Use Classroom Purchases

Special Use School Purchases

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