Last PTO Meeting of School Year

The Norwalk PTO invites you to join us for the last meeting of the school year – Monday, May 21 at 6:15 pm at the Lakewood Cafeteria.

You will hear about the many projects and programs funded by the PTO that has impacted the schools, students and teachers during the 2017-2018 school year.

As the Norwalk community continues to grow, the PTO needs to evolve to better serve the school district. During this meeting, the PTO executive board will unveil a new board and committee structure to better serve the schools.  You will get the opportunity vote on the new board members:

Michelle Hines, Co-Vice President
Tara Badger, Event Chair
Betsy Stursma, Fundraising Chair

We will also be sharing the 2018-19 budget.

We hope to see you there!
Norwalk PTO

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PTO Receives $5,000 Grant

Norwalk PTO received a $5,000 grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership to make playground repairs at Oviatt this year.  Norwalk PTO will match the grant.

PTO Grant

Pictured: Amanda Fletcher, Co-Vice President, Norwalk PTO and Sheila Taylor, Principal, Oviatt Elementary School

A total of 45 applications were received and 26 projects were funded.

Thank you Warren County Philanthropic Partnership!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

During  the week of May 7-11, Norwalk PTO is celebrating the All-Star Teams at Lakewood and Oviatt.  The PTO will be providing teachers with a small token of appreciation for everything they do for our students.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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PTO Grant Update

Did you know one of the many things the Norwalk PTO funds are teacher grants? Twice a year – fall and spring – Norwalk PTO offers $2,500 to Oviatt and Lakewood Elementary Schools in the forms of grants to teachers.  Teachers were able to apply for grants ranging from $50 to $500. Five members of the PTO Board served as the grant committee.

Over $10,000 was awarded to Oviatt and Lakewood teachers through this process.  One grant funded purchasing books for Title I Reading students. Karen Porter, Oviatt Elementary Reading Specialist, explains what this grant means to her:

Dear Norwalk PTO,                                                                            

Thank you for granting me funds to purchase books for my Title I Reading students!  It’s difficult to find quality literature to match the independent reading levels of my students that falls within my very limited school budget. Since the Title I budget was cut several years ago, I have not been able to make a significant purchase of leveled books to send home with my students for additional daily reading practice. Your gift allowed me to purchase 2 complete sets of non-fiction and fiction books to match the needs of my first and second grade students. The books have already made their way into many homes and several students have been very motivated to spend more time reading outside of the school day. There is now a waiting list to check out some of the favorites!

My ultimate goal for struggling readers is to help them become lifelong learners through a love of reading.  Thanks for helping me achieve this goal!


Karen Porter
Reading Specialist
Oviatt Elementary


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Now Seeking Interest for Norwalk PTO Board Members

It’s that time of year where the PTO board is already looking at planning for the next school year.  The PTO depends on the generosity of parents and teachers, as well as Norwalk community members and businesses; generosity of not only funds, but also time, talent, and commitments.  As the community grows so does our school system. To achieve our goal of supporting the elementary schools we are in the process of recruiting parents that would be interested in holding a position on our board.

As much as the officers of the PTO board love what we do, we need to teach others how to do these jobs.  It would be a disservice to keep some of these positions until our own children leave for middle school and then have no one trained to take our place. Without the PTO board, most of the events for the students and support we give the schools will not be feasible.

It is fundamental to our organization that we fill board positions with interested and dedicated parents who are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families.

If you are interested in talking with us more about serving on the board, please send us a quick email to or call one of us at the numbers listed below.

Thank you!

Lisa Moore, Co-President 720-810-6811
Julie Brincks, Co-President 515-971-1777
Amanda Fletcher, Co-Vice President 515-210-9474
Jenn McLaughlin, Co-Vice President 515-669-4349
Angie Vandemark, Secretary 515-554-3953
Melissa Norem, Treasurer 515-802-0878


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