• Governance & By-Laws

    Nonprofit Status


    Our PTO is both a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and (approval pending) an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) as designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We are organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The programs we run enrich the educational opportunities for the students of Fort Cherry.

    Our nonprofit status enables the PTO to:


    • Receive tax-deductible donations from individuals, businesses, and other organizations
    • Apply for grants – small and large
    • Provide grant funding to Fort Cherry School District to implement educational improvement programs
    • Be exempt from paying federal taxes on the funds we raise for educational, organizational, and leadership purposes.


    Board of Directors

    The PTO is run by an Executive Board, with representation from all facets of the Fort Cherry community.


    President          Nikki Sarchet                                       
    Vice President   Caitlin Bauman                              
    Vice President   Gerri Diaz                                      
    Vice President   Dana Glunt             
    Vice President   Heather Rohaley                            
    Vice President   Heather Mendoza                                  
    Vice President   Callie Shattuck             
    Treasurer          Patty Lin Growden          
    Secretary          Juliann Sepesy                                    

    PTO officers and executive board members may be reached by calling the Elementary Center office at (724) 796-1551.  

    Please feel free to contact us at any time.


    PTO Overview


    Our Mission


    Shrinking budgets. Increasing class sizes. Government mandates. The challenges of delivering quality education are daunting. There is help. It’s the PTO.

    • Our PTO exists to promote children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement. We supplement and enhance the educational environment and programs within our school. We act as partners with the school to help make every child’s potential a reality. 
    • Our PTO supports innovative programs or projects not part of the regular academic curriculum. The PTA’s role is to bring together ideas, people and resources to implement innovative programs that enrich the educational opportunities for students of Fort Cherry.
    • Our PTO speaks on behalf of the children and youth in our schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.
    • Our PTO assists parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children
    • Our PTO encourages parent and public involvement in our schools.


    How to Get Involved in PTO


    Parent, family, and teacher involvement has been shown to improve student success and school quality. More than 30 years of research has proven there are profound and comprehensive benefits. Find out how you can become involved. There are opportunities for everyone – from “behind the scenes” to running a program or just coming to a meeting.


    PTO officers and executive board members may be reached by calling the

    Elementary Center Office at 724.796.1551 ext. 2000 


    PTO Meeting Schedule (VIRTUAL for 20-21 SY)


    November 10, January 12, and March 9
    7 PM

    The Zoom link is : 
    Meeting ID: 852 6533 9530 Passcode: 7LQPcn

    Phone in at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 852 6533 9530 Passcode: 232116


    For more information regarding the PTO, visit the links to the left.