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Tiger Talk: PR-B PTO wants to include you

Before getting started, I just have to say - I love the Pine River-Backus community, our local businesses and our school! I am a proud 1994 graduate of PR-B, my two children attend school here, and I am a PRBE PTO (Pine River-Backus Elementary Pa...

Before getting started, I just have to say - I love the Pine River-Backus community, our local businesses and our school!

I am a proud 1994 graduate of PR-B, my two children attend school here, and I am a PRBE PTO (Pine River-Backus Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization) member. I'm excited to let you know a few things about the PTO and our upcoming Family Fun Night.

Our annual Family Fun Night is coming up on Friday, March 17, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the PR-B Commons Area. Family Fun Night is indeed a night full of family FUN! This is a true community event. Local businesses and organizations provide a variety of games, activities and prizes for our youth.

We also have Big Basket Chance where you can purchase a raffle ticket in hopes of winning one of nine incredible prizes donated by local businesses and community members. I look forward to seeing you there!

You might be wondering - what does the PTO do? The PTO partners with parents, guardians, teachers, school administration and community members to help pay for field trips, school supplies and educational enrichment, among other things.

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• Provide funding for each and every elementary classroom's annual field trip to help lessen the cost for families.

• Help fund educational enrichment tools for teachers.

• Host four child/family breakfasts throughout the school year.

• Donate ROAR pride shirts to each elementary student.

• Donate race bibs for the annual Evan Walk.

• Host an annual staff appreciation breakfast.

• Help in purchasing school supplies.

• And much more.

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We truly believe that when families, the school and the community work together, great things happen.

Sounds pretty awesome, right? You might ask, how can I get involved or how do I learn more? Well, the PTO needs parents/guardians/caregivers to help continue providing help and support for our school and students.

When I first joined the PTO five years ago, I wanted to know more about what was going on in my children's school. We have fun hour-long meetings (6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month) with free childcare.

You can also volunteer at school if your schedule allows, donate pumpkins in the fall, support the PTO by stopping by the DQ during our bi-annual fundraiser, and attend Family Fun Night.
We are a group of people with different schedules and many other commitments, but we (like you) want to support our students and our school. We'd love you to join and get involved any way you can. I promise you won't regret it!

On behalf of the PTO I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for all of the parents/guardians, community members, local businesses and school staff for your help in supporting the children in our community. They are awesome kids and are so worth it!

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