Austintown Elementary School PTA is having a challenging year as its members adjust to a larger than usual student population. The change is running smoothly to this point, thanks to a dedicated team of caring parents.
This week the PTA is managing not one, but three Scholastic Books Fairs for the students at AES. Each grade at the school will have its own book fair, meaning the PTA has to have three teams working during the school day and during the parent conference nights, when the book fair will be open to families.
"It's a time consuming process," PTA book fair chair April McGahagan said. "I have to schedule parents to work each book fair and have to schedule the classes for time to visit it."
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown Elementary School PTA book fair chair April McGahagan, PTA Vice President Deb Fuller and PTA President Lynn Mickey deliver a cart full of drinks that will be used for the schools Valentine's Day room parties this month. The three are kept busy with the combination of four former elementary schools combined into one.
The PTA spent most of Monday morning setting up the book fairs. Each wing and floor of the school is dedicated to one of the grades at AES. Each grade has 16 classrooms in it, and each has its own multi-purpose room that was used for the book fair. McGahagan said this is her third year in PTA, and it is three times the work from when there were four separate buildings.
Besides the book fair, the AES PTA is also working on the annual Valentine's Day parties, which meant carting in a lot of drinks and treats for the children.
"It's been a challenge because of the quantity of children we are now serving," PTA President Lynn Mickey said. Everything we do this year is times four."
The AES PTA this year is actually made up of PTA members from the former elementary schools. Members from Watson, Lynn Kirk, Woodside and Lloyd's PTA organizations have been molded into one at AES.
"We have taken insight from all four of those former PTAs when it comes to coordinating activities," Mickey said. "Some ideas that were done at one elementary may have not been used at the other three. We are taking the best of all four and putting it together at AES."
The combined PTAs have brought a lot to the table for its first year, and school officials said they are making a big difference.
"We couldn't do many of the things we do were it not for an outstanding PTA," AES Principal Tom Lenton said.