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The GCCS PTO is a group of parents striving to make a difference in as many ways as possible. From sponsoring events and blessing teachers in small but meaningful ways, we truly want to help...
If you'd like to contact us, send an email to: GCCSPTO@yahoo.com
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education helps schools like ours earn cash for things we need, from books and computers to playground equipment. See how much our school has earned and find out how you can help our school even more at the Box Tops website at: www.boxtops4education.com
So far since enrolling in the program GCCS has earned $18,080.00 and last year alone was $3,135.00.
You can make a difference for our school every time you shop for groceries! Just clip the Box Tops coupons from hundreds of your favorite products and send them to GCCS!!!
Box Top Award Winner
About Market Day
In 1973, Trudi was creating flower arrangements to raise funds for local churches and missions in poverty-stricken countries. When she could no longer supply enough flowers from her garden, she began buying them wholesale at Chicago’s famous Randolph Street market.
Trudi discovered the market also sold fresh produce. She formed a food cooperative in her neighborhood, driving to Chicago each week to buy products that she would then offer to friends and neighbors to support her missionary work.
In 1975, Trudi’s daughter asked her to bake a cake for a school fundraiser. Trudi brought cases of fresh produce instead, and the idea was a huge hit! The following week the first “Produce Day” was held in Clarendon Hills, Illinois.
News spread quickly and it wasn’t long before other schools were requesting similar programs. Trudi began supplementing produce with meats, seafood and poultry, and Produce Day became a monthly “Market Day” program at schools. The Market Day concept was born.
Market Day is a Family of Fundraisers®. In addition to our monthly food program, Market Day provides a variety of fundraising services including A Taste of Market Day and single event Brochure and Cookie Dough programs. Today Market Day is a complete fundraising source serving over 6,000 organizations around the country.
Are You Right for the PTO?
Take our simple test to see whether your personality type makes a good PTO parent.
by Sharron Kahn Luttrell
We’re faced with choices every day of our lives, some more critical than others: What type of career should I pursue? Which breed of dog should I own? What type of person is my ideal mate? For help, many people turn to personality tests and skills assessments. But as far as I can tell, none exist for another of life’s big questions: Am I a good PTO parent? We’ve attempted to fill this gap by creating the following unscientific test. Please read each question and select the answer that best describes you.
1. I’m not myself if I get less than:
a. 8 hours of sleep a night
b. 10 hours of sleep a night
c. 6 hours of sleep—a week
2. I like to unwind by:
a. curling up with a good book
b. going for a leisurely walk
c. practicing my Excel spreadsheet skills
3. Discussions among my circle of friends tend to get heated when they involve:
c. the relative fundraising merits of product sales vs. silent auctions
4. The most dangerous item in my home is:
a. the circular saw
b. the rat poison
c. the freezer (opening the door sets off a frozen cookie dough avalanche)
5. When I go to a restaurant, I tend to:
a. order a new dish every time
b. order the same dish every time
c. pilfer the sugar packets for our monthly teacher appreciation coffee
6. When I get dressed in the morning, I like to wear:
a. casual clothing
b. professional attire
c. at least one article of school spiritwear
7. If I had to decide between two homes to live in, I would choose the one that:
a. offered the best value for the price
b. had the largest yard
c. included ample storage space for kiddie carnival supplies
8. When my children argue, I:
a. send them to their rooms
b. tune them out
c. put them to work counting out box tops
9. When I wake up at night, it’s because I am:
a. worrying about money
b. thinking about everything I have to do the next day
c. lying on top of something—quite possibly the cordless phone and a clipboard with the volunteer list
10. When the school year ends, I:
a. take off my watch and put it in a drawer
b. spend as much time in the pool as possible
c. spend the first three weeks writing thank-you notes to everyone who helped make the school year a success
Now tally up your answers. If you selected “c” the majority of the time, you are an ideal PTO parent. If you mostly responded “a,” you are a fabulous match. And if you answered “b” most frequently, you guessed it—you and the PTO simply belong together. Because unlike picking a career, a dog breed, or an expensive restaurant, you can’t go wrong by joining the PTO.
Sharron Kahn Luttrell has volunteered with parent groups at two schools in Mendon, Mass.
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