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Parents, Teachers Help Comets Cruise to New Playground

"PTO is important because it fosters the relationship between the parents, the students, and the teachers," said Michelle Owens, Odyssey Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization president, when speaking about recent fundraising activities at the school. "PTO works to provide services beneficial to the students and staff."

The PTO sponsored Boosterthon activities in November, promoting leadership and healthy choices while raising funds for new playground equipment. Students were sponsored by donors that pledged support for each lap run during culminating activities Nov. 30. The students earned $8000 in pledges.

Due to cold weather, the run, originally schedule to be held outdoors, was conducted in the school's gymnasium.

In coordination with the PRO, the school's student council will survey the student body about the type of playground equipment they'd like to see upgraded and added to the campus as a result of the funds the students raised.

"We all work together said Owens," who in addition to being PTO president and an OES parent, works as a reading interventionist at the school. "getting the input from the students about what they'd like to play on outside helps them be invested in the project."

Matt Meister