Cleveland grows PTA, adds playground amenities

clevelandplay3.JPGCleveland Elementary School has made significant gains this year in a very important subject: recess.

The 325-student school near Lake Merritt has just installed a new play structure. The costly project was funded by the PTA, the school site council and a $50,000 grant from City Councilwoman Pat Kernighan.

Here’s another interesting fact about Cleveland: Its PTA is booming. Bonnie Gannon, the PTA secretary, says membership went from 75 last year to 135 this year. If my junior high math serves me right — thanks, Mrs. Novicki — that amounts to an 80 percent increase.

This seems to be part of a larger trend unfolding in pockets of the city. I’ve written about other increasingly active parent groups at Peralta, Glenview and Edna Brewer, and I’m sure there are plenty of other examples (hint, hint).

Photo courtesy of Sarah Stephens

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • http://crockerhighlandsschool.net Hilary Stoermer

    Well, since you hinted….I’m the PTA Prez at Crocker Highlands Elementary school. We have a very active parent community and with their help we are able to provide vocal music, computer, P.E. and a library aide for the Crocker kids. Its a sizable sum of money that we have to raise every year to do this, which gets exhausting. But this year we had our first Crocker home and garden tour called Shades of Green which was very succesful. The nice thing about it was that we drew on the community at large rather than on just the parent community.

    We also got a $50,000 from Councilwoman Kernighan to resurface and renovate our playground. We are just waiting for the district to get going on that. We hope to have it all completed this summer. Thanks to her for that.

  • http://www.joaquinmiller.org Glynis Mason


    It was a pleasure to meet you at our last PTA meeting. As President of Joaquin Miller
    PTA, we too have a solid enrollment of over 200 parents and it continues to grow.
    We are gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year, our auction, on
    November 3rd and we will follow-up with our Spring Walk-a-Thon, as well as a few
    other smaller events. These fundraisers support a number of enrichment activities for
    our students, including, physical education, teachers aides, and supplemental
    academics. Thanks to a number of community supporters, our staff, parents, and
    students, we recently completed a beautiful garden at the entrance to our school.
    JM continues to be a school that provides a wonderful education for our students and is
    supported by an active parent group.


    Glynis Mason
    Joaquin Miller PTA President