The PSO support very significantly improves student learning at Five Acre.
It is an integral and vital part of the school program. The PSO supports
learning in three ways: fundraising, volunteer hours and social events.
Funds raised by the PSO are channeled equally into the Lisa Inman
Scholarship Fund and the Equipment Fund. The Lisa Inman Scholarship
Fund brings the school many wonderful students and families who would
not otherwise be able to attend Five Acre. These families, in turn,
contribute their skills and energy for the benefit of all.
The Equipment Fund has purchased many thousands of dollars worth of
learning materials, ranging from blocks and shelf activities to library
books, musical instruments and playground equipment. Many of these
items, like the climber and the chromatic xylophones were prohibitively
expensive and would have necessitated cutting other worthwhile
expenditures if the PSO funding had not been available.
Volunteer assistance vastly increases the range and quality of the learning
activities the school can offer. The annual All-School Performance, for
example, is only made possible because parents and care givers so readily
help with scenery and costume making, transportation and back stage
assistance with the children and so on. The horse program exists because
each Fall and Spring volunteers devote many hours to handling the horses
and shuttling students out to the track. In the Primary classroom,
volunteers commit to a regular schedule of reading with children and
writing down their story dictations. In many, many other ways families
give their time and talents to support school learning.
The PSO also conducts several social events throughout the school year to
build the strong spirit of community that is essential to the success of the
Five Acre School program. These activities help build bonds of fun and
friendship among us all. They promote students learning because children
learn best in an environment where they feel they are valued and play an
important role. To them, family participation is the ultimate seal of
approval that makes their school an extension of their home.