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The Fort Hill PTO is an active group and sponsors many social, educational and fund-raising events.  All families enrolled in the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) at Fort Hill are members of the PTO and we welcome active participation from any interested parents. Volunteers can help in many small ways to make a big difference for the school and community. The staff representatives are:

  • Lois Ducharme
  • Jen Godlesky
  • Leah Resci
  • Balbir Singh
  • Brettney Young

by e-mail

The mission of the PTO is to support the educational initiatives of the program, to offer social events to celebrate our school community, and to provide service to the broader community. These goals are accomplished through a variety of fundraising, social and service events throughout the year.




September 8 Welcome Back Picnic
December 10 - 20 Outer Clothing and Boot Drive
December 21 Appreciation Brunch
Feb 14 - March 15 Dakin Animal Shelter Drive
March -alternate years 2014
Original Works Fundraiser
March TBA Dress for Success
Shoe Drive
April 26
Grandparent/Special Friends Day
Bike Rally
May 24
Spring Picnic
Clothing, water bottles, tote bag sales



To support these initiatives, the PTO has a several one-time and ongoing fundraisers that support enrichment and social activities at the school and the community. Here are a few of our key programs:

Pizza Fundraisers

Orders are taken for organic pizza from Hillside pizza and the food is delivered the next week to the school, ready to go home for dinner!


Original Works (March 2014)

The Original Works fundraiser is held on alternate years. Selected art work from each child is displayed for parents to choose to have transferred to a wide variety of products. The orders are collected in March and the finished products are available in early May.

Fort Hill Logo Merchandise (TBA)

Clothing, Water Bottles and Tote Bags
Quality sweatshirts, T-shirts and tote bags with the Fort Hill sun logo are a great way to show your pride in our school. The sun is featured prominently because it is typically one of the first representative drawings of a child. We have an inventory of items on hand, and special orders are always welcome.




Food Drive
During the months of October and April, a collection box is placed in the front foyer and families contribute non-perishable foods that are donated to the Northampton Survival Center.

Dakin Animal Shelter
The classrooms collect items from the Dakin Animal Shelter Wish List to donate. The drive begins on February 14th, corresponding with a Stuffed Animal Party in the classrooms.

Dress For Success
The PTO will collect gently used clothing and donate them to Dress for Success.  More information later.

Used Book Sale
The PTO will collect gently used books throughout the school year and hold a book sale that will be open to the community.  The procees will benefit the PTO and all unsold books will be donated to The Children's HospitalMore information later.



Welcome Back Picnic              click here to see pictures
In September families and teachers gather on a Saturday morning for a lunchtime picnic on the playgrounds.

Teacher Appreciation Brunch
Families prepare food for the teachers to enjoy on the December Professional Day.

Spring Picnic
The Spring Picnic is held from 11:00 - 11:45 on the last day of the academic-year program.

Sledding Party
The Sledding Party is held in mid-January.

Grandparent/Special Elder Day
Grandparen/Special Elder Day corresponds with the same event at the Smith College Campus School. Grandparents and Special Elders join the children in the classroom from 9:30 - 11:00. Parents join us at 11:00 in the Common for an all-school sing.

Bike Rally
The Bike Rally corresponds with Bicycle Week in Northampton. Children bring their wheeled toys and teachers and parents design and set-up a course in the parking lot.


Meeting Minutes

Please click on this link to read minutes from PTO meetings. 



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