Welcome to Hilliard Horizon’s PTO
Hilliard Horizon Elementary School’s PTO is a very active and successful non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of all parents/guardians, teachers, and staff of Horizon students. The goal of PTO is to enhance the already rich educational, social, and cultural experience for all of our students. Our budget supports many student and family activities held throughout the year, including the Family Fall Fun Night, Field Day, Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, Muffins for Moms, and Donuts with Dad for starters! You can see a full calendar of events here.
We also supplement Horizon’s academic programming in many ways, including the purchase of classroom Elmos and other technology, materials for art, music and gym, and funding for Artists in Schools, COSI on Wheels, etc. To meet our goals this year, the Horizon PTO will require a budget of nearly $30,000! As in years past, the annual Fall Fundraiser, Spring Flower Sale, and Spring Arts Festival with Silent Auction will be the main sources of our funding budget. In addition, Hilliard Horizon will continue to raise funds by holding spirit nights at local businesses and restaurants; selling spirit wear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.); collecting Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education, and Tyson Project A+ labels; and offering the monthly Market Day grocery service. Also, we solicit individuals and businesses to donate items, services and/or monetary gifts for our Spring Arts Festival’s Raffle and Silent Auction. (If you own a personal business and would like to take advantage of a great advertising opportunity, we would greatly appreciate a donation for this event. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.) And, of course, the PTO always needs a donation of your time to make our events a success. We greatly appreciate any help you can offer. Our goal is to offer a variety of choices in which to participate depending upon each family’s preference and schedule. You can see a list of volunteer opportunities below. In order to stay in the loop, we recommend that you subscribe to Horizon’s eNews through the district’s website here. The school and PTO use eNews to send reminders and keep you informed about upcoming events. Or you can e-mail the PTO board members at hilliardhorizonPTO@gmail.com and we will add you to our distribution list.
We would love to see you at our PTO meetings. Parent participation and contribution are critical to our success. Meetings are held in the Horizon Media Center at 6:30 pm on the second Monday of each month. Childcare is provided. Our meetings generally last one hour and provide the most effective way to stay informed about what is going on in the school. If you would like to discuss any new business at the meeting and would like it added to the agenda, please e-mail it to hilliardhorizonPTO@gmail.com a few days prior to the meeting. If you cannot make the monthly meetings, please read the minutes to keep informed and e-mail us to let us know how you would like to volunteer! Meeting Minutes You can access our monthly meeting minutes by clicking below: Volunteer Opportunities There are numerous opportunities for Horizon families to volunteer their time. Parents, teachers, and staff don’t have to attend meetings to be involved. Here are just some of the ways to volunteer your time to Horizon:
- Stop in the library to help Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Arnold reshelf books.
- Talk to your child’s teacher about any help they may need in the classroom from making copies to reading to students.
- Think about serving on one of the many committees offered though the PTO.
- Read the monthly PTO minutes above to find out what activities are coming up. We always need helpers for something.
Hospitality-The Hospitality Committee oversees the planning and implementation of four different functions through the school year. They plan each of the teacher dinners during the two conference weeks (Wed. November 20 and Wed. February 11), Muffins for Moms on April 11, and Donuts for Dads on March 14. Market Day – Market Day is a once a month activity (usually on a Thursday from 5:30-7pm). People have the opportunity to place orders through Market Day throughout the month, and then one evening a month those groceries are delivered, organized, sorted and picked up by our customers.
Box Tops for Education – Throughout the year, parents are asked to cut out and save their Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education, and Tyson Project A+ Labels, which can be found on a countless brands of groceries. The Box Tops Committee runs a big, fun class competition in January. These volunteers help in counting all the labels that we receive and can be done at home in your free time.
Reading Olympics – This is brand new for this school year, and we are very excited. This event will be on Friday, February 7 and will replace our usual Walk-A-Thon. This committee will be responsible for the planning of our first ever Reading Olympics! It just happens to coincide with the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics, so all bets are off and let the creative juices flow!
Spring Arts Festival and Silent Auction – This group of people will help in collecting donations from the community for our annual Spring Arts Festival raffle and Silent Auction in May. This group of people will help in planning the day. This committee in particular needs as many people as possible. The more people that help means the greatest amount of success, and the least amount of work per person. Most work can be done from home by making phone calls to local business and/or mailing donation requests.
Spirit Nights – This group of people set up and schedule monthly spirit nights with local restaurants. It would mean making a few calls each month, and making certain that fliers, if required, are distributed to the teachers in time to reach parents.
Spirit Wear – This person or group would oversee the selling of spirit wear to students and their families.
- President – Erin Wheeler
- Vice President – Amberly Helm
- Treasurer – Kelsey Lawrence
- Secretary – Courtnie Hollis
- Lori Lee
Other ways to raise funds for your school
Grandparents, alumni, neighbors, and friends can also help us earn money by linking their accounts to Horizon’s account! Here is a super-easy way to raise funds for our school. All you have to do is use your Target® Visa® or Target® Card. We will receive a percentage of the amount of each purchase in the form of a cash donation from Target® through the Take Charge of Education® program. It’s easy. So, if you’re going to Target® anyway, please consider using your Target® Visa® or Target® Card. Big thanks to those who are already doing their part to make a great school even better.
- Visit http://target.com/tcoe, or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school.
For more than 30 years, Labels for Education™ has been awarding free educational equipment to schools in exchange for proofs of purchase from the Campbell family of brands. It’s a fun, easy program where students, families and members of the community work together for a common goal. A complete list of participating products can be found here. Send the labels in with your student to his/her teacher. You must include the UPC code of the product and not just the point values. Occasionally, stores like Meijer will offer Bonus Labels for Education. In order to earn these, multiple items must be purchased in the same transaction to receive Bonus Labels for Education. For example, one opportunity may say “Buy 5 participating items and receive 200 Labels for Education.” You could simply buy 5 soups and you would receive 200 Bonus labels and can cut off the 5 labels from the cans resulting in 205 labels! The Bonus Labels for Education will be rewarded in certificate form printed from the Catalina machine at checkout. These expire a few months after purchase. We will try to advertise these specials when they happen. Even if you receive a Bonus Label for Education certificate, you can still cut off the labels of the products and send them in also. You can also register your rewards cards at the following stores to receive eLabels for Education every time you purchase a participating product (no clipping required)..
- Visit http://www.elabelsforeducation.com/ to link your Kroger and Giant Eagle’s cards to receive e-Labels for Education (other stores are available for those living in different parts of the country)
Founded in 1988, Apples For The Students is an educational initiative linking customer purchases with technology in classrooms throughout our community. With this program, customers have the opportunity to benefit the school(s) of their choice every time they shop. When customers use a Giant Eagle Advantage Card® with each purchase (during the program), the designated school(s) will earn points that can be redeemed for classroom items.
- Visit Apples for the Student and click on the bottom left hand corner that says, “Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card” to register your card.
Clip Box Tops from your favorite brands like General Mills®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury®, Ziploc®, Kleenex® and more. Each coupon is worth 10¢ to our school, up to $20,000! You can find a complete list of participating products here. Box Tops expire and must be turned in before that expiration date so please don’t hold on to them for too long. Please help us by cutting them down to size before sending them in. And Box Tops need to keep their product information so please don’t cut off the expiration date or the product code numbers. Occasionally, stores like Meijer will offer Bonus Box Tops. In order to earn these, multiple items must be purchased in the same transaction to receive Bonus Box Tops (ie- Buy 10 participating items and receive 60 Bonus Box Tops). The Bonus Box Tops will be rewarded in certificate form printed from the Catalina machine at checkout. These expire a few months after purchase. We will try to advertise these specials when they happen. Even if you receive a Bonus Box Top certificate, you can still cut off the labels of the products and send them in also. Shopping online? Box Tops for Education are also available online when you purchase through their website. You can find more details here. Register your rewards cards to receive eBoxTops every time you purchase a participating product.
- www.rewardyourschool.com for Kroger eBoxTops (must register every year)
- www.boxtops.gianteagle.com/register for Giant Eagle eBoxTops
Meijer Community Rewards Meijer offers extra rewards through using their Meijer Credit Card or Meijer 1 Card. If you have their credit card, call 1-800-962-7011 to have them link your card to Horizon. If you do not have a Meijer Credit Card you can use their FREE Meijer 1 Card. You can find more information and register here. Meijer Credit Card rewards earn 1% Meijer 1 Card rewards earn .5% when paid by cash or pin-based debit cards Gordon Food Service: Enroll in the Fun Funds program. Make purchase using your card at any GFS Marketplace and a monthly rebate check will be sent to the Hilliard City School District. Apply for a free Fun Funds card. Applications are located at the front office. Market day orders are taken every month. Order forms may be sent in to your child’s teacher or completed on-line @ www.marketday.com. School Code is 16561. This year we will run 2 contests to collect Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education, and Tyson Project A+ labels. The first contest is only for Box Tops for Education. This contest will end January 31st. The second contest will include Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson labels and will end May 2nd. Classes compete against one another for the chance to win prizes and the traveling trophy. All labels and Box Tops need to be turned into your student’s teacher and can be turned in throughout the year. This year’s goal is to collect 35,000 Box Tops ($3,500 worth)!!
Horizon Community Rewards are easy ways to support the students and teachers at Hilliard Horizon. Click the link below for instructions.