Views of the Valley: PTA supports Mid Valley students, teachers


On February 17, 1897, two women, Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, gathered for the Mothers Congress’ first meeting in Washington, D.C.

This was the beginning of the largest and oldest volunteer organization working on behalf of children now known as the Parent Teacher Association. The Mid Valley Elementary School PTA started in the 1970s. Living in a close-knit community with students from three boroughs consisting of Throop, Olyphant and Dickson City attending our school, we are lucky to have 210 members and active families supporting our PTA.

The PTA meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss and plan the events that we are responsible for providing during the school year. At these meetings we start off with an affirmation to get everyone in a positive mindset after ending a workday, making dinner, driving the kids to all their activities, etc.

The discussions center on the plans for the upcoming month as well as events throughout the year. Parents who join the PTA can sign up to be homeroom parents for their child’s classroom. These parents are responsible for organizing holiday parties, field trip planning and teacher appreciation week.

At the beginning of the year, we start planning the Reflections Program. Children can showcase their talents through any of the following areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Their work is submitted to a Reflections committee. If they qualify at the local level, they proceed to the counsel level. From there, depending on how they are judged, they can continue to the regional and state level of competition.

After planning and organizing the fall and winter holiday parties, we kick off the first week of March with the Scholastic Book Fair planning to coincide with “Read Across America Week” honoring Dr. Seuss. At the elementary level, giving children the opportunity to explore literature ranging from picture books to novels is imperative to foster a child’s love of reading.

Springtime also kicks off our field trips. The PTA plans and financially supports fun and educational field trips for each grade. These field trips consist of Claws and Paws Animal Park, Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den, The Crayola Factory, Animal Adventure Park, The Davinci Science Center, Rail Riders and Knoebels.

As the end of the school year approaches, this becomes the busiest time for our PTA. We cannot begin to express how grateful we are to the teachers at Mid Valley, as well as the administration and support staff, for their care and kindness to our kids throughout the year. As a token of our appreciation, we host a catered luncheon for the staff to enjoy.

Fundraising is what keeps our organization going. Funds raised throughout the year cover the cost of all field trips, student gifts, teacher appreciation and other ways to benefit our students. One of our biggest fundraisers is our partnership with Gertrude Hawk. We fundraise with them in the winter and spring.

This year we will also be having our first annual “Spartan Spring Fling” on March 18 from 6-9 p.m. at Fiorelli’s in Peckville. This will be a casual and fun night out for adults with food, a cash bar, music, raffles and a 50/50. While we are incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support from our community thus far, we are still in need of baskets and/or table donations to help us reach our goal. If a business is interested in sponsoring a table for $25, they can provide business cards as well as an 8×10 framed advertisement of their business. If you are interested in donating a basket, sponsoring a table, donating a gift card or larger ticket item, please contact Shannon Thatcher at or Beckie Alunni at

Tickets for this event can be purchased at We would love to make this a successful fundraiser to continue to provide for our students at Mid Valley Elementary Center. You can also use this link to join the PTA and/or donate.

Shannon Thatcher of Throop has two sons who are students at the Mid Valley School District and another son who will be starting preschool in 2023. She’s been involved in Mid Valley Elementary School PTA since 2016. To get involved, please email or join through MemberHub at

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