The Stow PTO is a all-volunteer led parent group dedicated to supplementing and enriching the education of students at The Center School (Grades K-5) and Hale Middle School (Grades 6-8) in Stow, Massachusetts. The Stow PTO consists of two self-running entities: the Center Parent Support Group (Center PSG) and Hale Parent Support Group (Hale PSG).
Throughout the school year, the Center PSG raises funds to support arts and cultural programs as well as collateral materials to supplement and enrich the curriculum at the K-5 level. The Center PSG has funded cultural arts and science programs including the Bugman, Swamp Ladies, WingMasters, Techsploration, several authors and storytellers. We also purchase current events magazines and assignment notebooks for Grades 3, 4 and 5. See what we allocated after our last auction at: Allocations 2011. For community events, we host the annual Lip Sync, Center School Picnic, Arts Buffet, and the biennial auction, among other activities. And we provide a breadth services to help support the teachers and staff.
The Hale PSG similarly raises funds to support enrichment opportunities for our Grades 6-8 students. The PSG has funded arts and cultural programs such as Animal Adventures presentations and Young Audiences of MA in-school performances of Asia Fantasia, Ethno Tech and African Traditions. We have also provided support for the cost of field trips such as the Museum of Science and various theater performances, including in some cases, scholarship support for students to participate in these activities. Staff support has included additional guitars, keyboards and music stands for Music, sets of books for the Library's book club, a new skeleton for Science, calculators for Math, videos for Social Studies, and an etching press bench and new stools for Art. We also support several in-school events including initiation of new clubs, the 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony and the principal's year-end student celebrations. And our volunteers provide a variety of services directly to Hale staff to help with day-to-day needs.
As a parent of a child in the K-8 schools, you are automatically a member of the Stow PTO. With your involvement—be it in helping us coordinate or run an event or fundraiser or by supporting it—we can support and give back to our town's schools, and our children.
We hope that you will Join Us throughout the year!