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By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Irle School PTO Provides Holiday Cheer to Students and Staff


December 26, 2018

Michelle Bigelbach / The Courier

Ms. Kayla Larson hands out books gifted by the Irle School PTO to her fifth-grade class on Dec. 21.

Due to fundraising efforts so far this school year, the Irle School PTO was able to give back to students and staff this holiday season.

On Dec. 10, the PTO purchased fruit pizzas from the Apple Trolley as part of the PTO's Christmas gift to students and staff. The gift was so well received; classes even took the time to write thank you notes and draw pictures for the PTO. "I was so touched at the notes we received," said PTO President Kim Turner.

On Dec. 21, students received an extra surprise when Turner and PTO member Joanne Kloker stopped by each classroom and handed out books for every single student. According to Turner, approximately 380 books were ordered and handed out. "Every single student received a book, and even if they weren't in class on that day, they will still receive one," said Turner. According to Kloker, the PTO decided to hand out books to students before break as a way for them to keep reading while not in school. "We wanted to provide the students the opportunity to have something educational to do over break. There are some kids who might not have access to books while not in school so we wanted to be able to keep those kids learning," said Kloker.

The PTO also granted wishes to Irle School teachers during the month of November by handing out Mini Grants to three school teachers. Teachers can apply to be the recipient of a Mini Grant on a monthly basis, and the PTO will hand out up to $100 to teachers to go towards purchases for their classrooms or additional expenses that come up. As the month of November was the first month of awarding the grants, the PTO handed out $139.90 to three teachers for four projects. Projects that were awarded in November included a QR code for Mrs. Griffin's first-grade class, organizing carts for Ms. Himsl's class and lap desks for Ms. Fauth's class. Ms. Fauth also had the opportunity to get reimbursed for taking four students out to lunch as a result of their perfect attendance. "We want to help lighten the load off of the teachers and let the staff know we are there to help them," said Turner.

Besides these events, the PTO has awarded Paw-Some awards to students and staff members since the beginning of the school year, started a tradition of recognizing third through fifth-grade students who receive Straight As each quarter, provided teachers with snacks during conferences and even recognized teachers' hard work during the week of conferences by having Shelly George and Thrivent sponsor a Thank Goodness It's Friday breakfast for teachers and staff.

The PTO would like to thank the community and local businesses for donating funds and goods to assist them in their endeavors in making sure every staff member and student feels valued.


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