The Benton Parent-Teacher Council is an extremely active group of parent, guardian, and grandparent volunteers whose goal is to provide the students of Benton Elementary with extra educational items and fun activities that would not be normally provided by the Benton School District. Membership is only $5 per family per year. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00PM in the elementary school library. The group is always looking for new faces to join their efforts to support the elementary staff and students, and welcome any district resident to become a member. Everyone is welcome!
PTC Meeting Minutes
It is through this hard work and volunteer efforts, the kindergarten through sixth grade students at Benton Elementary are afforded many things that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy. PTC sponsors such events as: field trip buses, assemblies, book fairs, Santa Shop, Field Day, yearbook, John Manning Scholarship and special award parties. They also provide funding for classroom academic supplies, 6th grade T-shirts, individual classroom books, reading challenges/events, Kindergarten Clinic supply pack, Principal’s Awards banquet and much more. The monies raised for these items and activities come from only two major fundraisers each year. This year’s fundraisers will be selling Gertrude Hawk candy in the fall and in the spring we will be selling Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits and Walk-a-Thon.
PTC also raises money by collecting Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s soup labels and Tyson A+ Rewards. PTC provides prizes to those classes who collect the most Box Tops. Collection boxes are available in each classroom and cafeteria and can be brought in throughout the school year. Funds raised through these efforts are used to purchase school supplies and playground and gym equipment. This will be the last year for Campbell’s soup labels, so please get those turned in this school year so we can take advantage of this program before it ends.
PTC sends out a short newsletter at least twice a year that contains information about upcoming events, PTC meetings and opportunities for volunteers. You can view the most recent newsletter by clicking on the newsletter link below.
The organization is led by a group of officers and committee chairpeople. The 2016-2017 PTC Officers include:
- President - Mary LeValley
- Vice-President - Jackie Zeisloft
- Secretary - Heather Zimmerman
- Treasurer - Tara Grigas
Committees and Chairpeople:
- Open House - Jackie Zeisloft
- Fundraisers -Mary LeValley
- Santa Shop - Pam Yost
- Spirit Wear - Amber Johnson
- Teacher Appreciation Day - Kim Heggenstaller
- Book Bingo - Mary LeValley
- Walk-a-Thon - Jackie Zeisloft
- Field Day - Kim Haggenstaller
- Book Fair - Sharon Birth
- 6th-grade T-Shirts - Stefanie Hart
- May Day Raffle Baskets and Donations - Heather Zimmerman/Tabatha Sponenberg
- John Manning Scholarship - Stacy Koch
- Yearbook - Heather Zimmerman
- Box Tops - Tara Grigas
Yearbook Photos Needed! PTC coordinates and produces the elementary school yearbook. The committee tries to get photos of a diverse group of student from all grades, but some grades are harder to obtain pictures than others. We would appreciate anyone who has clearances to serve as an ad hoc photographer for the yearbook. Anytime you are in the school for events or helping in the classroom, we would appreciate a few moments of your time to take photos of the event and even random photos of students in the classroom or recess pictures are appreciated. You can provide your photos to Dixie Rosencrans, send them to the yearbook committee via email or Facebook. Yearbooks will go on sale beginning December through May. Price of the books will be $10 per book. Book orders can be sent in through homeroom teachers or can be done online. Additional information will be available in December.
For more information about PTC, activities PTC supports or opportunities to volunteer, contact Mary LeValley at 570-925-5699.
The PTC officers would like to thank all participating members for attending the meetings and sharing decision-making and PTC responsibilities. Additional members and volunteers are needed to help explore new fundraising ideas and to assist at school/PTC functions. New faces, opinions, and ideas are always welcome and appreciated. Once again, thanks for your support, and we hope to see you at the next meeting.