The parent, teacher, and student organization, otherwise known as the PTSA, is currently hard at work helping the school and those on campus with various activities. However, where the money raised/collected from this program have either been forgotten or over looked by many students around the school.
The student body has a lot to thank the PTSA for. The PTSA organizes locker sales, helps with the school website/Edline pages, creates back to school packets, and sets up the Common Ground bricks (those on the path leading to the cafeteria), and the Warrior Walk of Fame (painted Warrior helmets at the back of the school,) and sets up report card incentives.
PTSA president Jeanette Scarboro says that the PTSA operates differently when one enters high school compared to middle and elementary school. In order to get more students involved, they created the Student Ambassador program where kids can become student representatives in the PTSA.
“They’re there to help Ms. Grasso with events around the school, so students don’t just see a whole bunch of parents buzzing around school,” said Scarboro.
As for the money to fund all of their yearly projects, Scarboro says that most of it comes from the membership drive at the beginning of the year. Other sources of income include: Warrior back-to-school gear (such as agendas, PE uniforms, etc), the Common Ground stones, Warrior Walk of Fame helmets, and donations from the school’s parents. She says a lot of the money actually goes towards Teacher Appreciation week (which is scheduled for the week of May 6th).
Scarboro says that the PTSA is always open to student suggestions; Warrior Bash earlier in the year along with the previously scheduled Sadie Hawkins dance were products of this.
“We [the school] really don’t have any traditions,” said Scarboro. “Our goal is to try and organize events where members of the campus and community can come together and get involved with the school.”
If anyone is interested in helping out the PTSA, they can contact any member of the program, email Jeanette Scarboro (the president) at Scarboro4@verizon.net, or call/text her at 813-598-6991.
Emily Goldbach / Sports Editor