Welcome to DWR PTA!
DWR Welcomes Western Trails PTA!
The Western Trails PTA’s mission has always been to provide for a more enriched and diverse learning environment for our children. While we have recently just become a PTA, we have been active as a parent organization for over 20 years. Our membership and officers sought to change to a PTA so that we could benefit from all of the valuable resources and training that the National, State and Regional PTA has to offer. Our hope is that by making this change, we will only fulfill our mission with a greater success.
Currently this year we have several great initiatives and programs that we are working on. In conjuncture with our school’s push for literacy awareness, the PTA has provided the opportunity for every child to purchase a book at the Annual Book Fair this November. This is a great win for not only our students, but through purchasing the books at the Book Fair, our school library will also benefit from the sales. We have also worked with the school administration to start a Birthday Book Program. Through the funding we provided, our school was able to purchase a book for every child, which they will receive on their birthdays.
We are also providing three assemblies for the student’s this year. The first was a BMX Stunt show assembly by Matt Wilhelm, who while entertaining the children also provided a very powerful message about never giving up on your dreams and to work towards your goals. The second assembly was The Power of One, which was a huge success with the children and staff, and it also fit in nicely with the PBIS anti-bullying message that our district has been teaching students. The 3rd assembly will be Child’s Play, which has always been a student and staff favorite.
In addition to the assemblies and book programs, we also provide great events for families and students alike. Every year, the PTA sponsors and runs the Holiday Class Parties, host a school Fun Fair which draws in a large portion of our community, and host regular Family Night Out events at restaurants and roller rinks. Other events that we are hosting this year have specifically tied into giving back to our community. For example, we hold an annual Garage Sale and Recycling event that is open to the entire community. The items sold are priced at $5 dollars a bag, making it affordable to some of our lower income residents. All unsold items are then donated to local charities. The recycling event provides a great resource for people in need of disposing electronics or metals that you can’t put in the garbage, as well as teaches our children about the importance of recycling and being friendly to our planet. We recently held a free Family BINGO Night and asked for non-perishable food items to be donated. We collected 3 large boxes of food, which will be sent to a local food pantry.
All in all, we are very excited about the events we have planned for this year. Most importantly, we are excited to have become a member unit of PTA. Our officers, members, and school administration made this decision unanimously and can’t wait to utilize all of the valuable resources that are now available to help us improve year after year so that we can fulfill our mission.