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LHS organizes new PTO

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"Respect the L" campaign explained
A new Parent Teacher Organization has recently been launched at Lebanon High School, creating a resource to can facilitate improvement efforts.

LHS Principal Scott Walters acknowledged the need for some extra attention to the active involvement parents should have in their children's education:

"We recognize that there is often a decline in family involvement once students enter their high school years," Walters said, "and we want to make a concerted effort to open those doors."

The process for initiating a formal, organized group of LHS families began with informal brainstorming sessions throughout the summer involving parents and school personnel.

"Many parents of ninth grade students are eager to be involved as the start of high school can be very intimidating for students," Walters said. "We knew that these were the parents to really target for involvement."

Identifying the purpose for a school PTO and clearly outlining its responsibilities were the main objectives early on.

Since the start of school, more parents continue to register to be a part of the organization and to inquire about ways they can be included in the effort.

So far, over 60 parents have signed on to be a part of the PTO and more are expected to join once communication about the new group has spread.

About 20 parents recently met with Walters for the inaugural meeting to discuss the goals of the PTO, to establish guidelines and expectations for participation, and to elect officers.

At that meeting, Walters shared his vision for the future of LHS, and parents were able to question him and hear first-hand some of the efforts at LHS for better family involvement.

"We need to produce some very clear channels for parents to access so that they can feel that they are more of a part of their child's education," Walters said.

"This community is full of families who want to help the students of LHS be successful, and I want them to know how they can help."

LHS parent Scott McRae shared about the meeting, "My wife Donna and I appreciate the new PTO and this bridge connecting parents, students, and LHS leadership team.

"We are excited to support the PTO and Mr. Walters as he leads the school to increasing pride, unity, and connection for our students, teachers, and parents!

Dawn Wood was elected president of the new PTO.

"I am so excited to be a part of the new LHS PTO," Wood said. "We have already begun brainstorming on ideas on how we can help the teachers and the students, as well as how we can improve parent involvement and communications. We are still welcoming new members as well as volunteers for the parent committees."

In addition, parents expressed the desire to bring more LHS pride to the community, including getting more "LHS swag" out in the community -- including Blue Devil license plates, t-shirts and window decals.

Other parents wanted to hear more about the "Respect the L" campaign that has started at LHS.

"Respect the L" is a school-wide effort to communicate what it means to be respected and to show respect as a school.

"We are talking to students this year about what it takes to be someone who deserves respect," Walters said. "Lebanon High School deserves to be respected in Wilson County, and we are going to make sure others know that we deserve it."

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the LHS PTO should contact Wood at 615-533-0488 or dawnwoodtnbroker@gmail.com.

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