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What is the PTO?

PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization.  It is a legal entity separate from the school.  Its executive board consists of parents elected by members of the PTO.  All parents/guardians and school staff are automatically PTO members. People who are not MCLIMS staff or parents/guardians of children attending MCLIMS can not be PTO members.

The purpose of the organization is to enhance and support the unique learning environment at the Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School, to create open, close communication between the school and home, and to involve all stakeholders in the children’s well being and development. The PTO especially strives to support the teachers and administration in creating a positive, enriching environment for all students at the school through volunteer and financial support.

The MCLIMS PTO received 501c3 status from the IRS in 2012. This means donors can make a tax-deductible gift to the MCLIMS PTO and the MCLIMS PTO can purchase items teachers need for their classrooms without paying sales tax and using our educational discount. In general, the MCLIMS PTO will dispense funds throughout the year to help the school with educational material expenses, handle the costs of teacher appreciation activities, promote school spirit, organize cultural activities, and benefit the students of MCLIMS with any method possible.