What does the Shades Cahaba PTO do?

We use our time, talents, and money to help make Shades Cahaba Elementary School a better place for the teachers to teach and the students to live and learn. We have one big fundraiser a year, the Winter Festival, and we use the money that we raise to purchase things for the school that will help improve the academic environment as well as the physical environment for our teachers and students. A few of the things that the PTO has funded in recent years include:

* Ipads, I touches and Chrome books for classroom use * Books and e-books for the library
* Sound fields in the classrooms
* Playground equipment

* Track and Courtyard improvements
* Donations to each teacher for classroom supplies
* Gift cards for the teachers/staff birthdays
* Summer book project for English Learner students
* Yearbook gifts to the 5th graders each year
* Retirement gifts for teachers/staff
* Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community service projects
* Kindergarten Popsicle Party & New Family Dinner
* Spirit Day fun
* The “Ice Cream Fund” so all SCE children may enjoy ice cream on Fridays


Some things that we have given of our time to do:

* help shelve books in the library
* tutor kids (the PALS program)
* organize the Owl Prowl, our annual fun run
* read to our children’s classes
* paint stage decorations for the musicals
* organize and staff the Winter Festival, Grandpals Day and Teacher Appreciation Week
* provide monthly lunches for the teachers/staff
*set up PTO programs to educate parents on various topics


How can you help the Shades Cahaba PTO?

There are many ways you can help us to help our students and teachers no matter how much time you have to offer. Some examples of very valuable contributions that you can make are:
* read to your child’s class

* volunteer to be a Room Parent or for a PTO position
* help our librarians one hour per week or month
* give 30 minutes a week to help a student who needs a little extra help with their reading (the PALS program)
* help out at our various events: the Owl Prowl, Grandpals Day, the Owlamazing Race, the Winter Festival and Spirit Day
* make a dish when it is your class’s turn for the teacher lounge lunch
* attend PTO meetings and offer feedback
* choose a child to sponsor from the Angel Tree at Christmas time
* clip and save “Box Tops for Education”
* use your Publix key chain card when you shop at Publix
* if you have a Target Red Card, be sure to go online and designate SCE as your school in the “Take Charge of Education” program
* do your shopping at Homewood businesses
* participate in the “Dining Out with Shades Cahaba” nights

We welcome new volunteers, and we truly appreciate anything you have to offer that will help the PTO help our teachers and our children. Please contact PTO President, Daley King, at shadescahabapto@gmail.com or daleyking@gmail.com with any questions or if you would like to help. Thank you!