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Middle school PTO in need of volunteers
Group hosts two major fundraisers each year
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The Benjamin Franklin Middle School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) has planned many fundraisers for this school year and is looking for a few volunteers. Above, from left, are Daphne Tilley, Tampra Scales, Jennifer Marlowe, Chris Anderson, Shannon Nicholson, Sabrina Greco and Donna Cosmato.

Monday, August 18, 2014


The Benjamin Franklin Middle School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in need of volunteers in order to ensure a more successful year for students.

"We would be able to hold a lot more fundraising events and do a lot more for the students and for school programs if we had more volunteers," said PTO President Donna Cosmato.

The BFMS PTO is fairly new, Cosmato said, and has only been in existence for about four years.

"I believe some people are unaware that we even have a PTO," she added.

PTO members consist of parents, teachers and administrators of the school.

"Volunteers don't have to be parents," said Vice President Sabrina Greco. "They could be grandparents or just members of the community who want to help out."

The areas in which the PTO needs help include organization of teacher gifts, stuffing envelopes, sending mass informational emails and, especially, fundraising.

"We need help counting money, unloading trucks, and entering and sorting orders and products," said Cosmato. "Last year, we did it with 10 people. It was extremely difficult, but with 20 or 30 volunteers, things would go a lot smoother."

Transportation should not be a problem for potential volunteers, Cosmato said.

"If you are willing to come and help, we will find a way to get you here," she added.

Last year, the school raised about $20,000 through fundraisers. With that money, the school was able to purchase new iPads for the seventh-grade science program, new computer software for the fitness and chess program, and new bulbs for school ActivBoards.

They were also able to provide funding for the sixth-grade steel drum program, new uniforms for the wrestling team, parties and socials as incentives for students, a field trip for Accelerated Reader students, and teacher conventions and enrichment activities.

PTO funds also made it possible for the school to match a $500 grant for autism research and awareness.

"We also collect Box Tops for Education, Campbell's labels, Tyson labels, pop tabs from aluminum cans and Coke rewards," Cosmato said. "Someone to help sort the box tops and labels would also be greatly appreciated. If the volunteer would rather do the work at home, that would be fine, too."

The PTO currently has about 200 parent members, who are able to vote at the PTO meetings.

The PTO hosts two main fundraisers each year -- one in the fall and one in the winter.

PTO officers include Cosmato, Greco, Treasurer Julie David, Principal Brenda Muse and teacher representatives Chris Anderson, Daphne Tilley, Jennifer Marlowe, Tampra Scales, Jesse LaPlante, Shannon Nicholson and Deneen Anderson.

The organization is still looking for someone to fill the position of secretary.

The BFMS PTO also includes the Gereau Center, which houses half the eighth-graders attending the middle school.

To learn more about label collection or to sign up as a volunteer, contact the school at (540) 483-5105 or visit

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