About PTO

What is the PTO?
Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools Parent Teacher Organization is an independent, nonprofit organization serving the students, teachers, and families of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools. Any Parent, grandparent or guardians and all teachers of LVCS students Kindergarten through 8th grade are members of PTO and membership is free.

What does PTO do?
PTO supports LVCS students, teachers, and families by funding field trips, sponsoring events, and volunteering at the school. We hold a variety of fundraisers, such as Jog-a-Thon, pie sales, and the Annual Auction. These activities help to defray costs associated with field trips, classroom supplies, and special activities.

Who benefits from the PTO?
LVCS students, teachers, and families benefit from PTO programs and services. The PTO strengthens the schools and allows the school to provide an excellent education for all students.

When does the PTO have meetings?
The first meeting of the 2013-2014 school year will be on September 11 at 6:30pm at the Bridgeport campus. All subsequent meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Check the PTO website at www.lvcspto.org for agendas and updated meeting information.

Contact the PTO

PTO or PTA? What’s the difference?

The technical differences between a PTA and a PTO are fairly simple. The National PTA is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago with a 105-year history of working for children. Local groups that choose to belong to the PTA must pay dues to the state and national organizations and abide by state and national group rules. In return, they get member benefits, and they get a voice in the operations of the larger organization. The National PTA maintains a Washington, D.C., lobbying office, and most state PTAs advocate at their respective state capitals, as well. The PTA carefully protects its name, so that in theory only dues-paying members of the group can call themselves a PTA.

PTO, on the other hand, is a more generic term. It generally represents the thousands of groups that choose to remain independent of the PTA. The acronym PTO is the most popular name, but other common monikers include PCC, PTG, and HSA. These are most often single-school groups that operate under their own bylaws and by and large concern themselves with the goings-on at their building or in their town only.