It is no secret that each school in our district has their very own PTA, PTO or PTSA organization. This group of parent volunteers and students is responsible for organizing the events that bring our community closer with each other from open gym nights during the winter, to specialized dances to make memories with your child.
While each school has their own family culture we also pride ourselves on coming together as the District 123 community and this is no different for the PTA. About once a month the PTA Council meets to go over budgets, find out what fundraisers are working and discuss district wide events.
The PTA council is a support system for all the PTA units within our school district. The council shares ideas, offers suggestions, and may inform PTAs of any changes in the school district, in Illinois PTA or the National PTA and/or any legislative happenings in the state of Illinois,” said Kate Kazeneskie who represents Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School on the PTA Council.
The council also offers a scholarship to those former District 123 students who are furthering their education in college. The Helen Whalen Scholarship.
“We offer 3 $1,000 scholarships to past D123 students. We have a scholarship dinner in May where we honor the students. The students may invite their families and an inspirational district teacher. Our district administration attends this dinner as well,” said Kazeneskie.
To provide for this scholarship and get the whole district together the Council throws a district wide ice-skating event in February so that the district families all have the opportunity to be together. Any proceeds go towards the Helen Whalen Scholarship.