Barrow PTA is fortunate to have amazing, dedicated parent and teacher leaders for our various committees and events. Committee chairs work with their teams throughout the year on events that either raise money for Barrow needs, or create opportunities for students, parents and teachers/staff to interact outside the classroom in meaningful ways. Most committee chairs started by volunteering for a specific committee or event.
We have listed the various PTA committees, their chairpersons, and a brief description of what each group does below. You can always contact a member of the PTA Executive Board or an individual chairperson for more information.
A is for Arts: Provides supplemental fine arts programming for students, including field trips to see plays and concerts, bringing guest artists to the school, and workshops. The group works with grade level teams and specials teachers to find opportunities to enhance curriculum through art and music.
contact: Lori Drake: firstname.lastname@example.org & Natalie French email@example.com (FANO) Maria Mueller: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tricia Miller: email@example.com & Hannah Betzel: firstname.lastname@example.org (Art Show)
- Fine Arts Night Out – Part of A is for Arts, this silent auction (art and other items) is the largest arts fundraiser at Barrow. Typically held in mid-November at a local restaurant, the event raised over $3,500 last year.
- Student Art Show – Every Barrow student selects a piece of their artwork to be matted and displayed at the show in January. Families enjoy cookies and snacks while viewing the artwork, and parents can purchase the matted artwork or have it framed.
- Square 1 Art – Have your child’s artwork turned into a memorable keepsake.
Barrow Boogie: This committee coordinates Barrow’s annual school 5K and 1 mile fun run, held in mid-February at the school. Many of our students participate, and we have traditionally had strong community participation, as well.
contact: Katy Brodrick email@example.com and Lindsey Daniel firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dash: This committee coordinates a school wide fall fundraiser that supports a large need at Barrow School. It’s a lap running event that takes place during the school day with the entire school. In 2014-2015 Dash funded a large portion of our new playground equipment.
contact: Bethany Davis email@example.com
Directory: This team collects and organizes all student and family contact information into an annual directory. Each Barrow family receives a free printed directory.
contact: Traci Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
EA Brown: The EA Brown fund gives assistance for rent, utilities and other needs identified by our families. Money for the fund comes from PTA fundraising and is managed by the school counselor and family engagement specialist. This allows all Barrow families to be part of the program while ensuring good stewardship of the spending.
Football Parking: This committee coordinates the sale of annual football parking passes at Barrow and helps staff the parking lot before and after home UGA football games. Due to our proximity to the UGA stadium, this is our largest fundraiser of the year and pays most of the costs for all 5th graders to participate in the 5th grade trip to Skidaway Island (several nights away) and all 4th graders to participate in the 4th grade trip to Blue Ridge (overnight). VOLUNTEER NOW
contact: Sean Boyle: email@example.com
Hospitality: This team coordinates Open House, the annual meet your teacher event, held the afternoon before school begins at Barrow. They organize food and beverages for parents and students to welcome them to the event. This committee also provides opportunity for community building through our school wide Family Spaghetti Supper which is held in conjunction with the Student Art Show in late January.
contact: Meg Parker firstname.lastname@example.org and Brandi Garrett email@example.com (Open House) Hally DeMent: firstname.lastname@example.org & Claire Bush: email@example.com (Family Supper)
Media Center: Our amazing media specialist wears many hats and serves our school every day in many ways. This committee is full of volunteers who help shelve books, repair books, set up for book fairs and assist Mr. Plemmons in tasks that would otherwise keep him from being able to teach. Committee members can help one time or on a regular scheduled basis.
contact: Margaret Christ: firstname.lastname@example.org & Robin Whetstone: email@example.com & Kim Ness: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Spirit: This team promotes school spirit and our sense of community through optional grade level activities that help families get to know one another outside the classroom setting. They also work with new families to help them become familiar with Barrow.
contact: Tishara Adams: email@example.com
PreK: Margaret Christ: firstname.lastname@example.org
K: Ally Simmons: email@example.com
1st: Trish Hogan: firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd: Tishara Adams: email@example.com
3rd: Cecilia Reynolds: firstname.lastname@example.org
4th: Beth Thrasher: email@example.com
5th: Courtney Tobin firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Routes: This team works to encourage healthy, eco-friendly alternatives to daily driving to school. On the first Friday of each month, Barrow holds a ‘Safe Routes to School’ day. The group does a ‘walking school bus’, provides snacks, visits by UGA athletes and incentives for students who bike and walk.
contact: Deborah Keys email@example.com
Spring Fling: Coordinates the end of year school wide carnival, held near the end of April. The carnival includes games, prizes, inflatables, concessions, face painting, etc. It is not a fundraiser but rather an opportunity to celebrate the year.
contact: Katharine Odom: firstname.lastname@example.org & Hailey Campbell: email@example.com
Teacher Appreciation: Plans and coordinates ways to express our thanks to our wonderful Barrow faculty and staff, including salad lunches, breakfasts, flowers for teachers and small gifts/tokens of appreciation. Also coordinates end of the year booklets for teachers with student thank you’s.
contact: Amy Norris: firstname.lastname@example.org & Carolyn Morgan: email@example.com
Parent Advisory Board:
The Parent Advisory Board (PAB) promotes the discussion and development of a shared vision of the educational needs of all students in the Clarke County School District. PAB provides a forum for parents to share their opinions and ideas with each other, the school district administration, and the Clarke County Board of Education.
PAB is made up of parent representatives from each school. The group meets monthly to learn about district-wide issues and programs, discuss district-wide concerns, and offer advice and feedback to the Superintendent. Each school seeks parents from its own community to serve on PAB.
Grandparents Day: The committee organizes and coordinates the Grandparents Coffee. This is a special morning when grandparents are invited to come visit the school and enjoy some quality time with their grandchildren.
PTA Executive Board: The PTA Board works with our principal, Dr. Sabatini, and her staff to better understand the needs of teachers, families and the school, and find ways to meet those needs. The Board also works with the committee chairs, disseminates information, and hosts monthly meetings with programming (i.e. technology and nutrition). Prior to the start of the school year, the Board provides teacher “mini grants” to all Barrow professionals with instructional responsibilities.
contact: Barrow PTA Executive Board
The 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board:
Tina Carpenter, President firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Cowart, Vice President email@example.com
Paul Lee, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandy Bernt, Recording Secretary email@example.com
Carla York, Social Media Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org