Photo by Marcy Stamper PTO president Jennifer Taylor helped set up a new volunteer room where parents can watch their young children while working on projects for teachers. Taylor’s niece Lauren Montgomery, left, and her daughter Emme amused themselves while Taylor started on a new task.

Photo by Marcy Stamper

PTO president Jennifer Taylor helped set up a new volunteer room where parents can watch their young children while working on projects for teachers. Taylor’s niece Lauren Montgomery, left, and her daughter Emme amused themselves while Taylor started on a new task.

There is a new parent-teacher organization (PTO) at Methow Valley Elementary School, which offers parents and families a variety of ways to become involved with the school and their kids’ learning.

The PTO has a set up a volunteer room where people can help teachers with classroom projects by assembling materials for lessons and other activities. The child-friendly volunteer space — organized by new PTO president Jennifer Taylor and school administrators — provides a place for parents with young children to help out and have their preschoolers with them.

Taylor and others in the PTO surveyed teachers about the best way to help out. Many found that the approach used in the past, where parent representatives helped in classrooms on a set schedule, didn’t always work, since people’s schedules change and not everyone was able to make that type of commitment, said Taylor.

There are still opportunities to volunteer in classrooms for those who are interested.

The PTO is also organizing fun events, such as a winter carnival, skating nights, and a talent show in the spring. Also planned are some activities during the summer.

The group will be assisting with Drop Everything and Read, which runs throughout February and includes a book swap, reading bingo, and the chance for kids to dress up as their favorite book characters on Feb. 26.

For more information or to volunteer, call Taylor at (509) 699-9719, or stop by the school.