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A new Parent Teacher Association is ready to roll this year at Colton Elementary with a full schedule planned.

Colton Elementary School has a new Parent Teacher Association that was initiated in June.

At the June 2 meeting, local PTA officers were elected: Tessa Thomas, president; Katie Bodle, vice president; Lisa Hordichok, secretary; Sarah Morasci, treasurer; and Amy Caldwell Shanniak, liaison.

"Our hope in bringing a PTA to the elementary school is to see an age-specific focus of growth in community and family involvement," Thomas said. "We'd like to create that 'bridge' for families from when they enroll their student in CES to helping facilitate opportunities for parent involvement. We all feel that community feeling that comes from the small schools, (which) is where friendships are fostered, and our children will better thrive in this growth environment."

PMG FILE PHOTO - Colton Elementary School has a newly formed Parent-Teacher Association that's already got things cooking for the school and its students.

Thomas pointed out that the Colton PTA's focus will be the elementary school, and the Colton Booster Club will support the middle and high schools.

The PTA already has a calendar of events planned for the school year, including participating in the Welcome Back event hosted by Colton True Life, a Fall Festival on Oct. 27 and a science camp in March.

The PTA's first event is a Tears and Cheers meeting to be held in the CES cafeteria at 7:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9. It is described as "creating a welcoming place for parents of kindergarten students to connect and share some of their feelings of excitement, nervousness, happiness and sadness as they send their little ones off to their first day of class."

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Colton PTA is up and running at Colton Elementary School.

The organization is planning a yearlong can and bottle drive. The social media promotion says, "All funds raised will be for fun events and school contributions that are planned for the school year."

Drop-off and pickup dates will be announced soon.

Those interested are encouraged to find out more about the Colton PTA by visiting their Facebook page and attending the next scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Colton Elementary School.

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Colton True Life is hosting a community event at Colton High School from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. True Life pastor Tim Behrens said the overall goal is to partner with as many organizations, groups and agencies as possible to make the day a "ton of fun."

The Reptile Man will be in the multipurpose room from 2 to 3 p.m. and Trent Beaver will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. There also will be a classic car cruise-in, carnival games, both a crafters and farmers market, and the Colton Fire Department will hold a junior firefighters challenge.

According to Behrens, the Colton Boosters will serve hamburgers and the PTA will sell popsicles and ice cream bars.

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