Catholic education is part of the formation of young minds in our community. It’s important to support and help the children of our parish to thrive during their school years. The St. Monica Catholic School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) seeks to help nurture “an atmosphere of academic enrichment and spiritual growth” in our community.
“I would say that the main objectives are showing the teachers how much we appreciate them — to do a little bit of fundraising, helping in any way we can, to bring other parents in, and have some fun as well,” says Damon Johnson, president of the PTO.
Damon’s daughter is in her second year at the school. Last year, he acted as more of a support to the PTO, but this year is his first year leading as president. At the heart of his decision to volunteer on the PTO is his desire to be an example to his daughter.
“I’m a big believer in service,” Damon says. “Whenever you have a chance to get involved and help, it’s always a good idea. My parents taught that to me. And my daughter being at the school, I just want to be a good example for her. It’s one thing for me to tell her that you really need to help people. Well, what am I doing? And being involved in things she’s involved in gives me a chance to serve.”
One of the main things the PTO does is engage the school and parish communities by hosting events and activities throughout the year. These include the Trunk or Treat around Halloween, Catholic Schools Week, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, an annual Move-A-Thon, and the Eighth-Grade Graduation and Reception.
The PTO is also made up of some community members who don’t have children enrolled in the school.
“Basically, anyone that wants to get involved can help,” Damon says. “We encourage that. We won’t turn anyone away who wants to work.”
For more information about the St. Monica Catholic School Parent Teacher Organization, visit www.smsindy.org/pto or contact Damon Johnson at PTO@smsindy.org.