SLE Parent Teacher Club formation meeting Sept. 26
September 22, 2022
SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident Michelle Dunn is excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience working with the Potomac School Parent Teacher Club to Seeley Lake Elementary. She hopes parents, teachers, administrators and other community members will join her at the first meeting for the SLE Parent Teacher Club Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the SLE gymnasium following the girls’ volleyball game.
Dunn recently moved from Potomac to Seeley Lake. She was a member of Potomac School’s Parent Teacher Club for several years and loved watching how the Club supplemented teachers, students and the entire school. She watched the Club’s annual Bingo event outgrow the Potomac Greenough Community Center and raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Club in one night.
“With the blessing of the Potomac Parent Teacher Club, I would like to pretty much mirror the same program since it worked so wonderfully for them,” Dunn said.
At the Sept. 26 meeting, Dunn hopes to establish the mission for the Club, gather interest and brainstorm fundraising ideas.
“I want to listen to what other parents think and see what the needs are at the school and what they would like to see at the school that is not there,” Dunn said.
Ideas Dunn has for the Club include enhancing the arts or music, supporting school beautification projects, funding travel expenses for field trips, celebrating teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, providing meals and snacks during conferences or earmarking funds for a larger project.
“We want to enhance the children’s school experience and meet the needs that don’t fit into the school’s budget,” Dunn said.
Dunn is working on getting the 501(c)3 status for the Club. The Club will elect a president, treasurer and secretary at the next meeting. She hopes the Club will meet monthly and hold a couple fundraisers per year.
Dunn explained the funds raised will go into an unrestricted pool. Teachers can solicit the Club to fund extracurricular activities, events or supplies for their classroom. The Board would then vote on the proposal as long as it fits within the mission of the Club.
“I’m open to hearing other parents’ experiences if they have been involved in any clubs like this and what we can do together as parents to help,” Dunn said.
Dunn continued, “I just think it is a fun. It is really a way to get parents knowing each other. If you aren’t a sports parent or a music parent this gives you a way to be involved in another way. I hope teachers will join too so they can help us understand the needs at the school.”
For more information and to get involved attend the meeting Sept. 26 or email Dunn at email@example.com.