Waverly Belmont PTO Executive Board:
CO-President - Erin Gilmore, CO-President - Rachel Roddick,
Secretary - Rachel Wierenga, CO-Treasurer - Tamara Clemmons, CO-TREASURER - DIANE WILLIAMS
Jeremy Dison, Kristin McLaughlin (Bunyard), Lauren Wheelock (Kupper)
Welcome to Waverly Belmont PTO! Our key mission is to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent involvement and to improve the environment at Waverly Belmont School. We strive to do this through volunteerism and financial support, funded outside of the annual school budget, that enhances the educational and emotional well being of the students. We’re always eager to find more great people, like you, to help us meet this goal. The current Executive Board of the PTO was formed to support Waverly Belmont during its’ inception.
We have chosen not to require dues to be members of the PTO. We want everyone to be involved and we feel that everyone has something to offer whether that is a financial contribution, time/skill contribution, or both. While dues are not required for membership, the PTO will depend on annual voluntary donations to create wonderful programs and supplies for the children of Waverly Belmont.
Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems. “Regardless of family income or background, students whose parents are involved in their schooling are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school.” A.T. Henderson and K.L. Mapp. We feel that a strong PTO can facilitate and organize parental involvement.
Our hope is to oversee the needs and development of the school. We want to help raise funds to provide a wide range of educational enrichment programs to our students. Extracurricular activities such as Drama, arts, Lego Club, Garden Club, Music program and Student Mentorships are well-established, researched, and just fun for kids and adults. Yet we know that teachers and schools are inundated with responsibilities from Common Core and preparation for State required tests, in addition to the day to day of running a school. Teachers would love to have the time to run extracurricular programs but that just is not always possible. Schools support these programs because they have been proven to increase performance in the classroom and achievement on tests.
Our proposal is to have PTO facilitate these programs in accordance with the schools’ staff. We can support the school with these programs and others. We will need volunteers to donate time, skills and funds to bring programs like these to our school.
We have positions and tasks to fit all schedules and interests. Just let us know whether a program, event, or activity interests you and when you might be free to help. Feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions. Together, we can make a difference at our school!