DES PTO Project List

There are so many one-time projects and ongoing programs that are or have been supported by the fundraising efforts of the DES PTO. Here is just a sample of some of them.

In 2018-2019:

  • Planning to purchase even more new Chromebooks for the school
  • Cultural Arts Programs
  • We’re looking at buying water fountains with a filter system and water bottle filling capabilities!
  • Stay tuned for more plans for future projects as the year progresses.

In 2017-2018:

  • 177 new Chromebooks for the school & 3 mobile storage carts for them
  • Cultural Arts Programs
  • Looking into a new sign for the school
  • Art department bulletin board for display of student artwork
  • A new Lost & Found rack
  • Contributed to covering the cost of Fingerprinting service for AACPS
  • Improved landscape and beautification projects with increased funding
  • Purchased an extra document camera
  • Hosted a special movie night to celebrate DES’ 15th anniversary
  • Allotted extra money for front office improvements
  • Implemented a lanyard system for field trip chaperones and others

In 2016-2017:

  • New high resolution cameras for the Yearbook Committee
  • 50 new Chromebooks w/extended warranties
  • 15 board games for 2nd grade classrooms
  • New custom made t-shirts for the entire staff
  • New CD/Cassette players for K-2 classrooms
  • Cultural Arts programs included: The U.S. Navy Band, local meteorologist Justin Berk, and two visiting authors.
  • Hosted a guest speaker from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on protecting young children on the Internet
  • Hosted a guest speaker on Homework Assistance for parents
  • New benches and picnic tables installed
  • A commemorative bench, gator statue, and plaque for our departing principal

In 2015-2016:

  • We bought that huge new playground! Yay for all of our families & friends.
  • Kindergarten teachers got iPads
  • The cafeteria sound system was repaired & upgraded with new microphones
  • A school play was introduced for the first time in years.
  • New color printers and ink were purchased for teachers to use.
  • New area fencing is in the works for the new playground area.
  • New benches and picnic tables are also planned purchases.
  • Board games were given to all classrooms for rainy day recesses.
  • 5th grade classrooms got new dictionaries.
  • Cultural Arts programs included The US Navy Band, a magician, an anti-bullying assembly, and a visiting author.
  • The music department was provided funds for new instrument purchases.

In 2014-2015:

  • We are on the move for a large investment in new playground equipment.
  • 10 ChromeBooks were purchased with PTO funds to assist with PARCC testing
  • A new microwave for the teacher’s lounge.
  • A CD player for the band and strings program.

Ongoing Projects & Programs include:

  • Each current teacher receives a gift card to help with classroom expenses on Back to School Night from the PTO and member parents.
  • Gifts to our front office staff on Administrative Professional’s Day
  • Gifts to our custodial Staff on Custodial Appreciation Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – a weeklong extravaganza to show our teachers how very much we thank them for all that they do.
  • Volunteer of the Month recognitions
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Candy Bar Bingo
  • Holiday Shoppe
  • Gator Gallop 5K run
  • 5th Grade Promotion celebration with gifts for departing students
  • Drownproofing program for 5th graders to teach water safety and survival skills.
  • I Read, You Read – a reading assistance program
  • Cultural Arts programs with visiting authors and artists
  • Field Day treats
  • Green School club and projects to enhance the Outdoor Education Gardens
  • Recess activities and supplies
  • Spelling Bee competition
  • Book Fairs
  • The Book-It Reading Incentive program
  • Teacher Elves – provides assistance to all teachers and staff for misc. work
  • The School Store is staffed and supported by the PTO.
  • The Box Tops for Education program is handled by the PTO with funds directly benefitting DES.
  • Kids Fitness Prpgram
  • Cooking Program
  • Yoga Program
  • Geo Bee Club
  • Martial Arts Program
  • Engineering Program
  • Chess Club
  • Various running and athletic programs and clubs
  • School Supply Kit ordering
  • Subsidies for teachers seeking additional training or conference registration
  • Assistance with custodial supply requests

In past years, our funds have purchased:

  • Smart Boards for every classroom in the school. This was a huge addition of new technology for our students and teachers.
  • Lightspeed microphones for kindergarten and 1st grade teachers to improve communication within the classroom.
  • Software licenses to increase the number of available workstations in the computer lab.
  • The rock climbing wall in the school gym

rev date 8/29/18 (cf)

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