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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
  • Laurie DeMello


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 17, 2016 Welcome Back Picnic
December 7-18 Survival Center Food Drive
February 15-26 Dakin Animal Center Drive
March 6 Nick Concert
April 10
Art Opening Reception
April 29 Grandparent/Special Friends Day
May 25
Bike Rally
June 3
End of Year Picnic
June 3
Teacher Appreciation Lunch





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.



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 Lunch
Families prepare food for the teachers to enjoy on the June 1/2 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, snow permitting.

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.





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