“What does the Grace Abbott PTO do with all of the money my family raises and donates to this volunteer organization?”

With the money raised, we have been able to:

  • Donate to the Millard Public Schools Technology Drive, providing iPad carts and iPads for our students to use in their classrooms
  • Install a 2nd concrete slab/basketball court on the playground
  • Purchase an amazing portable sound system (available for use for any school event)
  • Remodeled the front entry area
  • Grant scholarships to graduating Abbott alumni
  • Pay for the crossing guard on 156th Street
  • Granted $5,000 in educational grants to teachers and staff, which has gone or will go to:
    • the creation of a science lab (to be used by all Abbott students)
    • library books
    • musical instruments
    • classroom work station activities
  • Shade trees for the playground (pending Millard approval)
  • A hand-painted mural for the new science room (see below) (pending Millard approval)
  • An ice maker for staff and PTO use (pending Millard approval)

Finally, each year, the PTO coordinates / hosts and supplements the cost of the:

  • Gator Walk-a-thon
  • Buzz Book
  • Yearbook
  • School carnival
  • Staff meals during conference times and teacher appreciation week
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Snowflake Breakfast
  • Movie nights
  • Cash Rewards Programs
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Grade level Fun Nights
  • Classroom parties
  • The fees and transportation to send all current fourth and fifth grade students to a Youth Frontiers retreat
  • Last but not least, each year every Abbott teacher and staff member is given a gift of appreciation on their specific day of recognition