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What does the PTO fund?

As a non-profit organization, the Claxton Elementary PTO relies on generous donors like you. Our volunteers contribute countless volunteer hours and raise money each year for our school. Membership in the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) automatically includes all parents or guardians of children attending Claxton Elementary and all teachers and staff employed by Claxton Elementary (there are no membership forms or dues).

The Objects of the Organization are:

  1. To promote the welfare of all Claxton students in their homes, school and community.
  2. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that families and teachers may cooperate in students’ education.
  3. To promote and develop the unique strengths of Claxton Elementary — recognizing the value of the rich diversity of its student body, which reflects all social, economic, racial, ethnic and religious groups.
  4. To conduct fundraising activities for the advancement of students and the support of teachers.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a terrible strain on our community, therefore this school year we’re focusing our efforts on urgent student needs at home and support for our teaching staff. Your contribution directly impacts the Claxton community and will be directed toward the following:

  • Families in Need
    • For Students
      • Light medical – such as replacing broken eyeglasses and doctor visit copays
      • Food Assistance
      • Scholarships for extracurricular school activities and youth sports
    • For Families
      • Utility assistance – including heat, water, power
      • Emergency supplemental child care
  • Teacher School Supplies
    • New Bridges math curriculum tools including books and online resources
    • Individual student bags of supplies for at-home learning
  • Staff Appreciation
    • Quarterly breakfasts and lunches for our beloved staff- boosts morale, motivation, and creates workplace happiness
      • We support Asheville businesses when we buy the meals and gifts
  • Social Justice Training
    • Supports students, staff, and families through professional development, workshops, and lessons that center around social justice and racial equity
    • Hood Huggers’ tours for staff – Asheville Black history and art tours
  • Leader in Me Programming
    • The Leader in Me helps schools create well-rounded learners by developing the whole-person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders
    • Teacher training and professional development

 

“The PTO funds bring the WORLD to Claxton through experiences in literature, drama, culture, social justice, and technology.  -Mr. Brooks Butler, Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator

“One of the big and amazing benefits of the School Supply Fund is the culturally responsive and diverse children’s books. Through this fund, I expanded my classroom library with high-quality texts written by a diverse set of authors across many genres. – Ms. Kathleen Turner, 4th Grade Teacher