Parkade PTA offers a sweet start to year

By KELSEY MCQUADE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Children and parents roamed the hallways of Parkade Elementary School Tuesday evening for “Get the Scoop Night,” a chance for parents and children to meet with teachers, administrators and the Parkade PTA.

There was plenty of conversation and, of course, lots of chocolate and vanilla ice cream sundaes piled with whipped cream and gummy bears.

Amy Larson, president of the PTA and coordinator of the event, has one major goal for the upcoming school year: “I would really love to see parents involved and all of us just having fun together,” Larson said.

Kara Rohr, treasurer, said the PTA understands that some parents cannot devote a lot of time. “But I think it’s important for parents to be involved in their children’s lives,” she said. “We could also have more members that way.”

Rohr has two children at Parkade: Mason, a fourth-grader, and Kate, a second-grader.

Besides a more active PTA base, Janet Schade, vice president, said she would like to see more parents educated on events at the school, because she thinks that would lead to greater involvement.

In addition to the recent creation of a garden at Parkade, which Larson described as a huge and successful project funded by the Healthy Lifestyles Grant, the next big event is the Watch DOG Pizza Party on Sept. 21.

Larson said her husband participated in the program, which puts fathers at the school and in the classrooms, and will speak at the event, and wants to refer people to the national website as well as urge them to attend the pizza party, which will give them a better idea of exactly what the project entails.

To keep up with the latest happenings at Parkade Elementary, meeting minutes and a schedule of events, members of the community are encouraged to visit the Parkade PTA blog.

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