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Outreach

Outreach

The Mason-Rice community is strong and vibrant, and part of a larger community.  The PTO recognizes the importance to help raise awareness and understanding the differences and complexities of that larger community we live in. To support that effort, the PTO has organized some committees and teams and provides funds  to enable us to support many outreach programs including:

Social Action Committee

Social Action Committee is dedicated to generating enthusiasm for cultural issues, volunteerism, and philanthropy in our school community. Our Social Action Committee provides a framework for school community-driven efforts to harness the collective energy of the entire school community for the greater good.   The efforts will include kids-driven projects, as well as family-oriented projects. The purpose is to inspire children to have a lifelong commitment to take action to help address local and global problems.  Learn more about our initiatives here.

Green Team. “To promote earth-friendly practices within our Mason-Rice community.”

Compost, Recycle, Carbon Footprints, Sustainability, “Go Green” – – what do these mean?   Why should we care?  The Green Team is a group of parents who have shared interest in learning, practicing, and educating our children about how we can take better care of the earth and, ultimately, ourselves.

Understanding Our Differences (UOD)

Understanding our Differences is an innovative citywide program about disability awareness for Grades 3 through 5. Through a series of six units over three years, students gain a better understanding of the universality of human differences. Each unit includes “hands-on” activities, videotapes, group discussions, simulation activities, and discussions with a guest speaker. Check out the program page to learn more.  If you are interested in helping out during the class units, please contact the PTO co-presidents at masonricepto@gmail.com.  Sessions are held throughout the year.

PTO Speaker Events

Each year, the Mason-Rice PTO sponsors speakers on key topics. If you have ideas for topics, please email them to masonricepto@gmail.com.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE - VOLUNTEER!

We need parents to fill some key positions. All are suitable for stay-at-home or working parents. The PTO Board & School Council involve occasional weekday meetings so some schedule flexibility is needed. We know the right people are out there.

Immediate Upcoming Volunteer Need: Holiday Helper

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