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Grand Canyon School PTA seeks new members, plans for upcoming graduation
New board named for Parent, Teacher Association as Grand Canyon School continues with remote learning and plans for upcoming graduation

On July 15, Grand Canyon School announced its reopening plans and approved a final budget for the 2020/2021 school year. (Abigail Kessler/WGCN)

On July 15, Grand Canyon School announced its reopening plans and approved a final budget for the 2020/2021 school year. (Abigail Kessler/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — With parents, students and teachers throughout the country adjusting to remote learning platforms for nearly a year, the need for school and community support remains essential.

Now, after a late start, the Parent, Teacher Association (PTA) at Grand Canyon School is excited to be back on track and offering support to students and families.

In January, Grand Canyon School PTA President Gloria Barrett welcomed a new vice president, secretary and treasurer to the PTA board.

“PTA had a late start this year,” Barrett said. “My previous board all resigned due to family issues ... I wasn’t able to obtain a new board until Jan. 6.”

Barrett said the delay primarily affects the board’s budget because of the limited amount of time the organization has for fundraising efforts.

However, now that the board is staffed, the next step is to increase membership and plan for the upcoming year.

The organization currently has 16 members, which includes four board members.

Jeannie Yost, board treasurer said membership is key to the organization’s success.

“Right now we are trying to build our membership, our last board did an amazing job, they got us hooked up with all kinds of neat internet tools and our website and Facebook page — they got all of that up and running,” she said. “I think we all feel like we’re coming into a really great and exciting new board with a lot of energy and tools at our disposal.”

The PTA is seeking new applicants as well as anyone that may have been involved in the past. Yost said the more members the group has, the more that the work load and volunteer opportunities can be shared.

“We want people to know that it’s not necessarily a lot of work,” she said. “We want people to volunteer where their talents are and where they have energy to help. The more members we get, the more we can share that work around.”

Grand Canyon PTA is a non-profit and is a nationally recognized organization offering

Yost said it has been a challenging year for families, parents, teachers and staff and for administrators.

“So we really want to make sure we get back into supporting the school and the families at our school as quickly as possible,” she said. “It’s a tough year.”

PTA is a national network that offers resources for families and students. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who supports the PTA mission and wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.

“If parents are struggling or see a way that we could be supporting more, PTA is a place they can reach out — either in an informal way or in a formal way,” Yost said. “We’re definitely here to support our kids and our families.”

Barrett said that the board is considering several upcoming events that will be brought before PTA members for approval Feb. 10. These include a Read-a-Thon for youth, a staff appreciation in May, a walk/run for kids in June and a T-shirt art design competition.

The PTA recently decided to recognize community members through its Thankful Thursdays. Last month, Peg Lyle was recognized by the PTA for her efforts in serving the community throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“She is a teacher at the school and is also the distance learning coordinator. She’s just been tremendous helping out since the start of the pandemic,” Yost said. “She was helping out with our lunch distributions and has been amazing communicating with the school and the community. We’re looking to recognize people that are helping.”

Grand Canyon High School graduation

One upcoming event Grand Canyon PTA is involved with is the annual high school graduation. Yost said for those interested in helping, the PTA wants to make sure this year’s graduation is a special event.

“We’re looking towards graduation,” she said. “PTA has always helped out in some form with graduation and that’s something the community has always been super supportive of,” We want to make sure our 2021 graduation, however it looks, is super, super special for our kids.”

The Grand Canyon PTA meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held in person and via Zoom.

Those interested in becoming a member can fill out an application online through the Grand Canyon PTA website at www.grandcanyonschoolpta.org or on Facebook at Grand Canyon School PTA.

More information is available by email at gcschoolpta@gmail.com.

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