The Orono K-5 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to welcome all of our families back to school! The PTO is a nonprofit organization consisting of parent volunteers working with the schools to enhance the educational opportunities of our K-5 students through fundraising and by coordinating volunteers.


As we all know, Orono has received numerous awards and accolades for its academic achievements and Character Counts program. A large part of Orono’s success is you- our amazing community of parents. With your help, the PTO enhances the educational opportunities offered to our children by coordinating volunteers and fundraising. It does not take much time to make a meaningful impact- just a few hours’ augments our children’s experience. Not to mention, your kids will love to see you helping out at school!


The PTO’s reach is vast- it touches virtually all areas of our children’s education. With so many varied programs, there is something for everyone.


Some examples:

Character Counts: PTO’s Recess Rock Stars program fosters an inclusive and positive recess experience that promotes Orono’s six pillars of character.


Art Enrichment: Artist and Author Residencies furthers the students appreciation and exposure to art in various forms.


World Languages: PTO is contributing funding to another native Spanish speaking amity teacher. This will enhance our children’s language experience and understanding of a different culture.


Science and Technology: PTO’s funding of the IDEA Lab allows students to work with age appropriate robotic, science, and engineering tools. PTO volunteers assist teachers in exploring this technology in the classroom.


Nature and the Environment: PTO funds Naturalist visits and provides volunteers to coordinate the program.


Physical Education: PTO regularly purchases new physical education equipment and also funded the two Gaga pits located in the IS playground.


Teacher Appreciation and Support: The PTO provides dinners to teachers during conferences, collects cookies for a holiday cookie exchange for staff, plans various activities during teacher appreciation week, coordinates room leads for each teacher, and provides monetary reimbursements for classroom supplies.


Building OUR Community: The PTO plans movie nights, coffees, dinners, and speaker events for our parents and students.


I encourage you to reach out to any member of the board, and as about ways that you can get involved and help our children succeed. There are many opportunities, big and small, and we would be happy to work with you!


As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate through these changes.



Libbi Rice,

President 2019-2020 


Melanie Herrera,

Vice President