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Nobody in Bedford Primary School’s PTA had ever written a grant before, but the group's first effort was successful.
Bedford Primary’s PTA became one of only 45 in the country to get a $1,000 grant from the National PTA for Take Your Family to School Week. Take Your Family to School Week is sponsored by the National PTA in February to encourage families to get involved with their children’s schools.
According to the Web site at www.pta.org, “National PTA offers grants to PTAs to implement programs that engage families in the school community. These grants can be used to build positive partnerships with teachers and families, to connect parents to their children’s school experience”
Tara Warner, secretary of the Bedford Primary PTA and a member of the city school board, learned about the grant through an e-mail from the National PTA.
“It caught my eye and I brought it to the board’s attention,” said Warner.
The PTA’s board of directors decided to go with it and Sara Holdren, the PTA’s vice president gives Warner credit for doing the hard work.
“She’s the one who stayed up at night and put things together,” said Holdren.
Warner, who had never written a grant before, said that the National PTA provided an outline of the information the organization wanted. She also got a little editorial help from her husband, Bart, who is Bedford’s assistant city manager. He has written grants before.
Now, the local PTA members are excited. Not only is this the first time that they have ever received a grant, but the grant will enable them to do something that they had already planned, on a larger scale.
The plan is for a Take Your Family to School night, which will be held during the week of February 12. It will be on a weekday night with the exact date to be finalized soon.
The event will consist of setting up tables for each of the school’s curriculum areas: math, science, language arts and reading, technology, art and physical education. The tables will be staffed by teachers and volunteers and parents will be able to go to these and talk about what their children are learning and how they are being taught.
“The ultimate goal is for parents to support their children as they learn,” said Warner.
Warner said that this is part of a PTA effort to get more parents involved with the school and to help parents get comfortable with coming to the school to talk with the teachers and the principal.
Holdren, Warner and the PTA believe that parental involvement with their children’s education is vital to the children’s success in school.
Warner said that Bedford Primary’s PTA was encouraged last spring when so many people came out to oppose an effort to close Bedford Primary.
“We saw, with what happened last spring, how much the community supports their school,” Warner said.
The hope is that this event will help keep parental interest alive and well.
“We as the PTA at Bedford Primary want to make sure parents are involved for positive reasons,” Warner said.
They could also use some support from local businesses for the February event. Warner and Holdren said that they hope local businesses will donate door prizes that can be awarded to parents via drawings that will be held during the event. Businesses or civic groups interested in donating a door prize may call Bedford Primary School’s office at 586-8339.
Adult door prizes will be awarded via drawings, but every child will get a gift bag containing educational materials.