Minerva France PTA builds foundation for work ahead

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The Minerva France Elementary PTA is making its debut to the greater Westerville community during the Westerville Education Foundation’s Glow and Grow event on Sunday.

The group has been gaining momentum since receiving its charter by the Ohio PTA last month, organizing fundraisers, establishing priorities and building its volunteer base. During the Glow and Grow event which will be hosted at Minerva France, the group is hosting a bake sale/raffle fundraiser where the WEF will match up to $500 of the group’s proceeds.

It will serve as a starting point for the group’s work ahead, said PTA President Sandra Ospino.

“We’re focused on putting the kids first,” she said.

The immediate priority is supporting school field trips, but eventually they’d like to show their appreciation for staff as well as plan a farewell celebration for fifth-graders in the spring.

Ospino said the group wants to integrate equity in their work, starting with building a network of parent volunteers who represent the school’s diverse backgrounds. 

The organization has exceeded 40 members — more than double the number of volunteers who helped launch the group last spring.

About a half dozen volunteers worked in conjunction with the Ohio PTA and the Westerville Parent Council since early June to establish a parent group for the new elementary school. Volunteers chose to become a local unit of the Ohio PTA, a branch of National PTA, because of the education, resources, support, and training PTA can provide. Over the summer, volunteers wrote a set of bylaws and recruited five volunteers as nominees for officer roles. The planning team met weekly throughout the summer. 

In addition to completing the requirements to become a local PTA unit, the volunteers secured donations for Popsicles with the Principals in early August and put together a first-day-of-school appreciation treat for the faculty and staff at Minerva France.