Saturday, June 15, 2013

Last President's Message from Maya Pilkington

Collaboration.  Commitment. Accountability. Respect.  Inclusivity. Integrity. That’s our PTA motto. Our goal? To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. I believe we have accomplished this to the best of our abilities this year.

At our most recent general membership meeting, we elected our new board of officers and committee chairs for next year. I would like to say thanks to all who stepped up to help further the goals of our community. I would especially like to welcome Shelly DeCapio as President of the 2013-2014 PTA!

I was delighted to serve as the president for this year. Together we helped our schools host their first ever STEM Night, we brought the PTA further into the digital era by creating a master database of all of our members and their volunteer interests, we welcomed in new volunteers using the likes of SignUp Genius and our blog site, we raised our group from 60 to 180 on Facebook, we supported our teachers with fantastic Back to School Breakfasts and Teacher Appreciation week, and we listened to our schools and supported them in areas where they needed us (e.g., funding for reading incentives, kindergarten projects, and school planners for next year, and volunteers to help with school beautification). Our committees worked hard to gain and retain volunteers for countless events at our schools, we hosted our first Internet Safety Night, we helped to get part of the MES playground in place, and we found many little ways to boost our income (and so much more)!

I am proud of how far we came this year, and I am excited for the plans that we have laid for next year. We have already outlined numerous family events for the future, student clubs for after school, and we have outlined ways to streamline our membership campaign in the fall while working with the schools to create our comprehensive student directory in the most efficient way. A lot of the hard work we did this year will be most appreciated in the fall when we get to reap the benefits.

I will be moving on to chair the fundraising committee next year, but before I go, I would be remiss if I did not thank each and every one of you for all you have done to help the PTA.  The National PTA calculated that volunteer time in Maryland is worth $23.05 per hour, so that means that our parents contributed the equivalent of $158,330.45 (6,869 hours). That is remarkable.  Thanks for all your hard work!

Maya Pilkington

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**I’d like to send a huge thank you to Joyce Donahue, Michelle Baird, and Marietta Troup for an awesome Family Fun Knight!  We will announce the earnings for the PTA on our blog site at  Check back over the summer for updates, calendars and rosters.

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