The Montessori Community School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a strong and active parent-led organization at Montessori Community School that provides a wide variety of community-building and service efforts to improve the overall experience of families at our school. The PTO is made up of parents who serve as officers and chairpersons for PTO-sponsored events and staff members who regularly attend meetings.

The PTO serves the community in several ways: fundraising for specific projects and programs such as new outdoor learning environments, playground improvements, a new school bus, and a sprung floor for the gym. Fundraising is achieved through large, planned events like the annual auction as well as sponsored fundraising activities such as Innisbrook, Scholastic Book Fair, and more.

PTO also coordinates social and community-building events such as ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts. Community projects are an important service provided by the PTO. In previous years, the PTO has collected nutritious food to donate to a Durham county elementary school’s Backpack Program, that sent food home with needy children. They have also supported “Project Linus” by providing numerous blankets to children in need. Annually, the PTO collects and delivers hundreds of books to “Book Harvest” during our Scholastic Book Fair and provides gifts and needed items to local shelters.

Finally, the PTO provides critical support for families on campus through several key programs. Most notable, is the Family Support Network that provides assistance in the form of meals, transportation, child care, and help with other tasks in times of personal adversity.