Current WGES Board Members
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The Walnut Grove Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of parents who volunteer their time, services, or provide monetary donations to enhance the WGES learning environment for students and teachers. All monetary donations are tax deductible with the majority of funding spent in the same school year.  PTO works with WGES administrators to support learning tools that make school fun and exciting! ​​
WGES PTO Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of PTO?

​​The purpose of the WGES PTO is to promote the welfare of our children and to enrich their school environment by:
  • Providing school volunteer programs.
  • Participating in fundraising activities as determined by the PTO General Membership in order to provide support for the educational and recreational needs of WGES students.
  • Promoting open communication between administration, teachers, and parents.   ​​
Why do we need a PTO?
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​​In addition to providing volunteers and supporting communication, the Walnut Grove PTO purchases supplement state funding. As Carroll ISD is required to submit a significant portion of tax funding to the state under “Robin Hood”, the PTO helps fill this void so that our students and teachers can continue enjoying the outstanding learning environment we may take for granted.
How can I support PTO? 
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1. JOIN THE PTO

Membership is $27 per family and includes a FREE student directory.  Membership forms are part of the WGES “First Day Form” which is available during the Carroll ISD annual student verification or on our  home page .  We ask that you complete the "First Day Form" even if you do not want to join the PTO so that we may get t-shirt sizes for each child.  Each child at WGES gets a free Field Trip or Clap Out t-shirt and a Grove Games shirt each year.
 
2. COME TO PTO MEETINGS 

Our PTO meetings are usually on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Your input & vote is critical to a successful PTO.  Exact dates are available on this site, under the  Parent Information  tab.

3. VOLUNTEER 

We have ways for EVERYONE to help!  This includes moms, dads, grandparents, etc. both in home and at school.  Simply fill out a simple background check as required by Carroll ISD and available on their website.  When you fill out your First Day Forms, volunteer signups are included.  If you have questions or would like to add to your volunteer choices, contact Danielle Gibson at  [email protected] .
 
4. PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISERS
 
PTO funds are crucial to our school, but we don’t ask WGES kids to sell any fundraising products during the school year. 
 
Instead, during 2019-2020, our signature fundraiser will be Grove Games , a pledge drive and obstacle course event on October 25th, 2019. Corporate and Family sponsorships are available and the kids will have the opportunity to raise money to sponsor their run through the obstacle course.  There are lots of great prizes and rewards that the kids will love!  Additional information is available on this site under the Fundraising  tab.
 
Other fundraisers include:
Online auctions – Twice yearly online auctions let you bid on fun WGES experiences, including Time with your Teacher and Kids take over the Day (Teacher for the Day).
Spirit Nights – Dine out or shop at select Southlake locations and WGES will receive a percentage of your purchase!  Dates and times will be announced.
 
Mother/Son Night on September 21st – Tickets will be sold prior to the event.
 
Daddy/Daughter Dance on February 9th, 2019 – Tickets will be sold prior to the event.
 
Family Fun Fest on March 28th, 2020 – Students and their families enjoy a carnival themed event at WGES.  Corporate sponsorships are available and additional information is available under the  Family Fun Fest  tab.

5. WGES PTO SPIRIT SHOP 

The Spirit Shop is open on important events and on select Fridays during the fall semester.  All proceeds benefit the PTO.  Come get your Dragon gear and support the school. Follow our Spirit Shop page on Facebook.
 
6. PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAMS


These programs include Box Tops for Education, and Tom Thumb & Kroger rewards programs and Amazon Smile.  Additional information will be sent home soon or can be found under the  Community Partners tab.

How can I learn about PTO news and information?
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  • Subscribe to PTO Post . It is delivered via email every Monday morning and contains important info for the coming week.  
  • When completing your “First Day Form” ensure that you share your information with your class homeroom parent and elect to receive emails from the class representatives.  They will make sure you know what is happening with class parties and events.

What has PTO done for our school and kids in recent years?
Fundraising
During the 2018-2019 school year, the PTO spent over $300  per WGES student in program-related expenses.  These purchases included playground equipment upgrades, teacher training, classroom workbooks and reading materials, technology improvements, educational software, and enrichment programs  You can see more about this in the video above.

Volunteers
​​PTO is the primary source for WGES volunteers.  PTO volunteers spend countless hours at the school and at home helping with teacher projects and planning, making copies, supervising lunch times, reading to students, helping in the library, planting and maintaining educational gardens, planning class events, helping kids recycle, coordinating parent-child activities, preparing and serving teacher appreciation meals and snacks, coordinating and executing student service projects, and much, much more!