BENTON STEPHENS: Benton Elementary looks to form new PTA

Monday, September 19, 2011 | 12:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Benton Elementary School will have its first official PTA meeting 6 p.m. on Thursday at its "Get the Scoop Night."

Mary White, a guardian of a Benton student and the main contact for those interested in joining, said she wants to see more parents involved at Benton. At Thursday's meeting, attendees can learn more about how the PTA enhances the school.

“I’m not going to get up there and be boring," White said. "We’ll leave the nuts and bolts for another meeting. I just want to get some excitement for the kids.”

Benton principal Troy Hogg said in the past few years the number of members has dwindled so the PTA hasn't been considered an official organization.

"It occurred to me this year that we didn't get any invitations to join the PTA," White said.

Teachers and volunteers did most of the planning and work of a PTA so having an official group will be an added bonus for the school, White said.

Both Hogg and White said there are many parents interesting in getting involved. Hogg attributed this to excitement over Benton's new STEM program and its status as a lottery school, which has brought in highly-involved families from all over Columbia.

“Anyone who has a role at Benton, be them a teacher, an adviser or a relative, should get involved," White said.

Those interested in joining the PTA should call Mary White at 573-639-9039, or email her at

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