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Lakeside PTO

About Us

The purpose of the Lakeside PTO is to help provide advice, funds, materials and services to supplement the educational programs within Lakeside Elementary, especially for the students and staff. We fund events, support the community, provide supplies and organize volunteers for many programs.
There are many ways to support our important work:

  • Become a 2023-2024 PTO Member. Your dues help us fund important programs and events. The cost of a membership is $10. Our goal is for each parent/guardian to become a member. You can join now via School Pay here or by check to the office.
  • Attend a Meeting. Meetings are a wonderful way to get to know other PTO members and learn first-hand about various important topics, ranging from school safety, supplemental educational programs and social and emotional health of students. 
  • Volunteer. There are many different ways to become involved in our PTO. There are several committees within the PTO that any member can become a part of. If you have any questions regarding any of these committees, please contact either the Chairperson or Presidents, Logan Schmidt and Liz Terhorst.
    • Book Fair - Plan and organize the Scholastic Book Fair held in the Learning Commons
    • Fun Day - Organize parent volunteers for a day of outdoor fun and games for all students
    • Roar Fundraiser - Organize and promote an annual silent & live auction for Lakeside parents. This is the only PTO fundraiser of the year
    • Hospitality - Ensure that all hospitality and staff appreciation needs are covered. This may include set up, provision of food and beverages, and clean up at certain school events
    • Bookroom - Help organize and catalog teaching supplemental textbooks
    • Gardening - Will work to beautify and maintain the grounds around Lakside. This will include clean  up before the start of school, a fall clean up, a spring clean up, and an end of the year clean up/maintenance.
    • Legislative - Serve as liaisons to the Legislative Committee of the EGRPS PTO Council to support and advocate for our public schools with the community and the legislature.
    • Lost and Found - Help organize and return student's lost-and-found items that accumulate throughout the year.
    • Attend a Meeting. Meetings are a wonderful way to get to know other PTO members and learn first-hand about various important topics, ranging from school safety, supplemental educational programs and social and emotional health of students. 
How Our PTO Is Funded. There are currently three revenue streams for the PTO. They are as follows:
Roar, Lakeside’s Annual Fundraiser- September 22, 2023

What We Provide

Our PTO is consistently helping Lakeside provide the very best for our students and staff. 
PTO Funded Events and Programs
Author Visits
Back to School Events
Curriculum Enhancements
Family Fun Night
5th Grade Farewell
Grants provided for student, teacher, grade, and school needs
Greenfield Village
Harry Potter Zoo
Henry Ford Museum
Hospitality for events
John Ball Traveling Zoo
Kindergarten Art Gala
Math Club
MLK Day activities
New Family Welcome
Playground Enhancements
Room Parent Organization
Safety Patrols
School Play Script
Scholastic Book Fair
Sled Dog Presentation
Social Work Needs
Spelling Bee
Staff Meals for Conferences
Staff Appreciation Lunches
Teacher Opportunities for educational conference
Van Andel Education Institute Field Trip: Sensing the World Around You
Veteran’s Day Assembly
Curriculum Enhancements
Book supplements for Reading Units of Study/Word Detectives
Games for math stations & cooperative play
Generation Genius - science enrichment
Graphic novels for learning commons
Kindergarten - 1st grade Spanish books
“Kindness Counts” messaging
"Let's Find Out" magazine subscription
Lucy Calkins supplemental classroom books
Mentor texts for reading and writing workshops
Multicultural music program
Musical Instruments
Raz Plus, Spanish enrichment
Rockalingua membership, Spanish enrichment
Spot It!, Spanish enrichment
Versa Tiles - math enrichment
Supporting the Community
Hearts of Gold
Legislative Updates, local and state
Providing Supplies
American flags
Books for each classroom’s library
Book pouches for take home reading assignments
Classroom bookshelves
Classroom Start-Up Fund for teachers
Classroom Supplies
Drying racks
5th Grade Chick Incubator
Flexible Classroom Seating
Fluorescent light filters
Fun Day supplies
Gaga Pit
Kindergarten Garden System
Lakeside Elementary flags
Morning Tubs
Playground Equipment
Pretend play & sensory tables
Sound system
Student Garden 
Whiteboard activity tables

Our Board

The Lakeside PTO Executive Board for the 2023-2024 school year is:
  • Co-President:  Logan Schmidt
  • Co-President:  Liz Terhorst
  • Co-Vice President:  John Boone
  • Co- Vice President:  Jon Macha
  • 2nd Vice President: Jenny Jayne
  • Recording Secretary: Patty Cunningham
  • Corresponding Secretary:  Maggie Stewart
  • Treasurer:  Jessica Kemppainen
  • Past Treasurer:  Lea Wiacek
  • Past President:  Marissa Clark
  • Past President:  Molly Herndon

Please click here to learn more about the Lakeside Elementary PTO Executive Board!


Save the Date!
Friday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m.
Nyal Deems' House
701 Laurel Circle

Our Sponsors

Meeting Dates

2023-2024 Meeting Dates

All Lakeside families are encouraged to attend a meeting and get involved. Our meetings are held in the Lakeside Elementary Learning Commons on the dates listed below. We will cover various real-time topics with guest speakers. All meetings are held at 8:30 am.
    • September 12
    • October 10
    • February 13
    • May 14


Profit and Loss statements coming soon!