Attend any school event in the Hoosick Falls School District (HFCSD) and you’re bound to see a member of the district’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Whether it’s providing teachers with apples on the first day of school, hosting events such as Fall Festival, Family Movie Nights, Family Fun Bingo, the Book Fair, or the Color Run, or celebrating the staff and faculty with recognition days, the HFCSD feels privileged to have a PTA that gets the job done with enthusiasm and a smile.
“Our PTA is truly phenomenal,” said HFCD’s Superintendent Ken Facin. “They do so much behind the scenes for our students, families, and staff. Many of the opportunities our students have would not be possible without the PTA and its dedication to our students.”
The Hoosick Falls PTA is made up of a group of parents and teachers who have a commitment to making a student’s school experience a diverse one with a variety of options for learning. Officers for the 2018-2019 school year are: Susan Senecal (President); Eliza Bouplon (Vice President); Nicole Hathaway (Treasurer); and Peggy Neville (Secretary).
Besides being ever-present at school events, the PTA also financially supports Hoosick Falls Central School (HFCS) students with low-cost or free field trips for Kindergarten through fifth grade; assistance for sixth- and eighth-grade field trips; Field Day sponsorship; refreshments for open houses, PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) activities; pizza parties; and many other PTA-sponsored programs. Last year alone, they helped to raise more than $23,000 for student events and programs.
“Every cent we raise goes back to the students,” said Senecal. “Whether it’s field trips, refreshments for the open houses, bicycle helmets, ice cream parties, or student scholarships, we are proud to know that what we are doing is for the kids.”
The PTA also helps share information about the district and school through mailings, phone calls, and social media.
“They are an integral part of our team,” added Facin. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them. I am always impressed with their energy and love for our students and the work they get done every year. We owe them a great amount of thanks.”
The PTA does two main fundraisers each year, the Fall Fundraiser and the Color Run, to help support the events and programs at the school. The PTA purposefully limits the number of fundraisers in the Elementary School and recognizes and appreciates the parent support.
“We hope to continue to grow as an organization for both the Elementary and High Schools,” said Senecal. “It’s important to the PTA that we function as a supportive organization for all the grades at HFCS, from Pre-K to twelfth grade.”
The PTA is always looking for more members and invites ideas and support from the Hoosick Falls community.
“I became involved so I could be more engaged in my son’s school,” stated Senecal. “It’s given me the opportunity to get to know his teachers and other parents as well as his classmates. I’ve been able to form a closer bond with his teachers, which has really helped open up communication with them.”
“I agree,” stated Hathaway. “I was not from here, so being a part of the PTA helped me get to know the teachers and parents in our community.”
“It’s a great opportunity for our students to see the collaboration between parents and teachers. It shows them how invested the PTA is in their success,” said Bouplon.
If anyone wants to join this group that bonds teachers, parents, family members and the community-at-large, please contact Eliza Bouplon, the Membership Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or message her through the Hoosick Falls PTA Facebook page.