Ruby List – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Parent Association (PA) held a spirit night fundraiser at Tijuana Flats, 5215 University Parkway, this week. The LRHS PA is the only active one in Manatee County high schools.
The association plans events, fundraisers and charity events for the teachers and students of the school. The president of the PA plans the events and delegates people (treasurer, secretary) to handle certain jobs and an email goes out to all parents to keep them updated.
What the PA does:
- Staff appreciation: The PA plans and hosts events such as breakfast for the teachers, a gift basket, and occasional token of thanks to recognize teachers.
- Mustang of the Quarter: The teachers nominate an outstanding student (someone who displays kindness, compassion, integrity, etc.), and they are rewarded with a token of appreciation.
- Senior Scholarship Awards: grants scholarship money to exemplary students. In 2015, four students were awarded $500 each in scholarship money.
- Thanksgiving Holiday Food Gift Boxes: These go out to ten families in need, giving them holiday foods and gifts.
The PA is funded by a membership donation of $25 per member, per year, and purchase of merchandise. It is not funded by the school or county. The PA sells t-shirts, car decals, sweatshirts, etc., to help fund the association and its events.
Pres. Kathi Davis said there is a reason the PA does such things. For the teachers, it is a way of saying, “hey, thank you for teaching and dealing with our children.”
Davis said some events, such as the Thanksgiving gifts, the Mustang of the Quarter and senior scholarship awards are all done annually. Other things are simply a thank you or a reward for an outstanding deed.
Davis said the PA is run democratically. She organizes the meetings and an email goes out telling everyone when and where the meeting is, but all decisions are put to a vote. The board makes decisions, but anyone can join.
“Anyone can chip in,” said Davis, “we do what we can to show our thanks and to help we are always happy to welcome new people and we hope to get a good turnout for all the events we do.”