What is a PTO?

WHAT IS A PTO?

A PTO chooses to focus their efforts on selected school.  We choose to benefit Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Eden Prairie, MN.  


Our Cedar Ridge Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is also an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) legal entity with tax-exempt status.  This means:


  1. That our PTO is an independent corporation from our selected beneficiary.
  2. That the government recognized our PTO (by giving us 501(c)(3) status) as an organization that provides valuable community services that would be impossible for the government to provide using taxpayer funds.


WHO IS THE PTO/COMMUNITY?


Board

The PTO Board is responsible for making strategic and financial decisions for the independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) legal entity, according to it's constitution or articles of incorporation and bylaws.  


Members/Community

PTO members are ALL parents, teachers and friends of the selected school who assist with activities, functions and services that fall under the PTO's mission.  


We ask YOU to volunteer time (even just 1 hour per year), plan events and raise funds to make educational opportunities and items available to Cedar Ridge and our students that are not otherwise funded by our school district.   


WHY HAVE A PTO?

A PTO fosters a community atmosphere in support of its beneficiary while providing valuable items and experiences for the school.


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PTO Funds

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FUNDRAISERS

Fall Fundraiser (ex. SUPER READERS)

  • Web page made available during the fundraiser


Spring Carnival

  • Web page made available during the fundraiser


Ongoing Fundraisers

PTO DONATION EXAMPLES

Programs:

Teacher Petty Cash

Teacher Wish Lists

Field Trips

Meet the Parents

Team Day

Clap Out 6th Grade

Spring Fling

Science Night

Staff Appreciation

PTO Board Expenses

Principal's Funds

Outdoor Classroom Maintenance

Residency Programs

Courtyard Supply

Playground Supply


Specific Items/Experiences:

  • Climbing wall
  • Gaga ball pit
  • Naturalist Larry Wade
  • 3 Rivers Park District
  • Tower Garden
  • Yearbook
  • Special Persons Day
  • Snowshoes
  • Buses for field trips
  • Lunches for teachers and staff during conferences/meetings
  • Courtyard Garden supplies
  • Grade 6 clap-out pom poms and gift (white board for locker at CMS)
  • Magna Tiles
  • Wiggle seats
  • Wooden picture frames
  • Books
  • Peg boards & accessories
  • Felt
  • Velcro
  • Poster
  • Paints
  • Markers
  • Scissors caddy
  • Timers
  • Bean bag filler
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Wikki Stix
  • CDs
  • Music sticks
  • Music triangle
  • Board games
  • Batteries
  • Laminating
  • MUCH, MUCH, MORE

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