Next PEPTO meeting planned for January 17; several fundraising efforts are in the works

A collaboration between parents and teachers at Cora B. Darling School has been organized to bring needed improvements to the school as well as build a school-community relationship. 

The organization, PEPTO, which is an acronym for Postville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, has as its goal to find ways to continually improve school facilities, school academics and community involvement.

The organization is open to any parent or teacher in the Postville community.  It takes many volunteers to make any group successful. The group is currently meeting once a month on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m The next meeting is Thursday, January 17 in the library at Cora B. Darling School. 

The goals of PEPTO, the group emphasized, are simple as they work to build a bridge between the school and community. And to use these connections to make the school more responsive to the needs of the students. Schools that have strong parental involvement, tend to have greater academic success. School improvements are also imminent and need attention. This group is designed to help fund raise and plan for these improvements as they arise

A 50/50 raffle, to raise funds for the organization is being planned to take place during the MFL MarMac basketball game Tuesday, January 15. Similar 50/50 raffles will be held during the conference wrestling meet Saturday, January 26 in the Postville High School Gym and also Friday, February 1 at the home basketball game vs. West Central which is also Parents’ Night.

The group is also planning a Father-Daughter Dance for Thursday, February 14. More details will be forthcoming in upcoming issues of the Herald.


Playground equipment needed

Replacing current playground equipment is one of the major concerns the PEPTO organization hopes to address as the need is great. The current playground was installed in 1991. It is in desperate need of improvement. Many of the items are broken or missing pieces and the surface below the equipment is difficult to walk on and needs to be replaced.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Postville School District voters will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for or against the continuation of the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levee or PPEL.

The renewal of the voted PPEL is not a new tax but a continuation of the current tax. The passage of the PPEL will be a determining factor as the PEPTO organizations strives to replace the current playground equipment.