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O'Hara Elementary PTO builds community spirit with T-shirt delivery

Tawnya Panizzi
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
The O'Hara Elementary School PTO plans to give each student a red Fox Chapel Area T-shirt to wear for school activities.
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The O'Hara Elementary School PTO plans to give each student a red Fox Chapel Area T-shirt to wear for school activities.

O'Hara Elementary PTO members are working to build community spirit by making sure every student feels included.

Bright red T-shirts will be distributed to each of the 673 students at the Cabin Lane building in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

“Our children spend a lot of time at school and while academics are the priority, pride and belonging are also important,” said parent-teacher organization President Dana Rofey.

Rofey declined to reveal the cost of the project but said fundraisers went a long way to help.

The T-shirts are expected to create a strong presence for O'Hara when students and staff wear them to field trips or district activities.

Principal Kristy Batis said school officials are “always looking for ways to ensure that students, staff and families recognize that they are an integral and valued part of our community of learners.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of our PTO, who purchased the shirts, as way of helping to ensure all students and staff members are able to display pride in our school,” Batis said.

O'Hara Elementary PTO is a thriving community that is lucky to have support from many school families, Rofey said. This year, members plan on purchasing 56 Google Chromebooks for the school, developing a courtyard garden with chairs and tables and providing date books for all classes in grades three, four and five.

Last year, the PTO paid for a fall assembly, provided medals and new games for the Math Pentathlon and gave O'Hara pencils to each student.

The group welcomes new members to their meetings, next up at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the school auditorium.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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