Last month I presented an introduction to the organizations from Barstow's public elementary schools' parent/teachers groups. Today you will find more details and a list of five of the schools. The remaining four will appear next week.

The school lists will include their activities, contacts to make if you are willing to help promote their activities through schools using Parent Teacher Assn. (PTA), Parent Teacher Organization (PRO) and PAL (People At Lenwood).

Elementary schools

o CAMERON - 255-6260. Tami Sabblut is their PTA president. Memberships are $5 per person. Volunteers helping at the school site, assist with one special activity each month, as Science Day, Reading Program, Black History Month, etc. The Fall Festival was last week. Students are asked to bring non-perishable food to the annual "Feed the Pumpkin Drive" for Desert Manna on October 31. And they are invited to come in costume. Fund-raising includes saving labels and box tops from Campbell Soup Co., General Mills and other cash for education programs. Last year money raised from projects bought bikes for the kindergartners to use. One project planned for this year is to provide shade for playground area at school; another is to continue food baskets for Cameron families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call Sabblut at 220-6260 for more information on PTA at Cameron School.

o CRESTLINE - 252-5121. The PTO president is Christie Fanguy. PTO memberships are $3 per family. Call Fanguy at 447-7019 for information. The PTO mission at Crestline is to involve parents and school staff to become an important part of students' activities during the year. They play "Bingo for Books" at the school site with the children. (They gave out 500 books last year.) There are two or three free movie nights a year for PTO members. The first one was advertised and held earlier this month. There is a tutor program and they are looking for volunteers. You may call the school number above for additional information. Funding programs for school projects include saving labels and box tops as advertised. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon the public is invited to the "Fall Festival" at the Crestline School, 2020 Monterey Road.

o LENWOOD - 253-7713. PAL (People At Lenwood) is the parent-teacher organization there. Victoria Hunter is the PAL president. Use the school number, above, to reach her for more information. There are no membership fees - everyone is included. Their mission is to raise funds to help with field trips, items on the playground and to help with teacher and student needs. They help with baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is a clothes closet for students to look for items to wear, especially warmer coats and jackets. They have a "Santa Secret Shop" where students may shop for Christmas gifts at low prices and have them wrapped too. In November they will be selling dough and will have a book sale in February. They are asking for help in saving labels and box tops for cash for education. Hunter is happy to report that they have solicited local businesses, prepared a discount card to sell for $10 with 100 percent of the profit going to the school, and to date they have made $7,000 in the card sales. Their Fall Festival was held last week and considered successful in spite of the wind.

o MONTARA - 252-5150. PTO president is Daisy Santos. Their memberships are $5 per person. Those joining in September earned an invitation to an ice cream social. There were about 40 members joining and the drive continues. School enrollment is 353, so one of their goals is to increase memberships as well as raising funds to increase more opportunities for students. A special calendar sale and a candle sale are scheduled at later dates. They also collect labels and box tops, etc. for cash for education. Check your items from the markets to see what companies are helping our schools so we will collect the proper labels. Call Santos at the school number above for additional information.

o SKYLINE NORTH - 255-6090. The PTO president is Carolyn Dawson. Memberships are $5 each. The goal is to provide happiness and assist with the best education possible. A Fall Festival is scheduled for Thursday of this week from 4 to 7 p.m. PTO can use volunteers and items for the raffle and candy for prizes. Call Dawson at the school number if you will help with the festival. A school assembly has been scheduled for Nov. 14 to hear about Barstow's men and women in service related employment speak about their jobs. Following the assembly, they will go to rooms to read books to the students. Call Dawson at 255-6090 for additional information about the Skyline North's PTO. Remember their Fall Festival on Thursday needs volunteers.
Please note the schools which have scheduled programs to attend yet this month. If they are in your area, or if they have your interest, attend if you are able. Consider volunteering if it has your interest. Most schools have some use for tutors. If you are unable to do the physical part of volunteering, there are other ways to volunteer. Donations are always acceptable and extremely useful. Please give it some thought to giving help for our youth.

To be continued next week.

ABOUT THE WRITER:
Helen Bendure is a correspondent for the Desert Dispatch She can be contacted at rimrock83@aol.com