About the PTO

Open to every parent or legal guardian of an Ed Smith student, the Ed Smith Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a not-for-profit organization that works to achieve a quality and equitable education for our children. It serves as a forum for communication, support, and cooperation among families, faculty, administration, staff, and the community. PTO activities include:

  • Hosting and supporting community-building events, including the Inclusive Talent Showcase, Foods Around the World potluck, and the Great Ed Smith Carnival
  • Fundraising to help cover field trip costs, special events at the school, supporting the performing and visual arts, and providing a free book of choice to every student at Book Fairs
  • Sharing the concerns and opinions of members with school staff and administration
  • Advocating on the school’s behalf with the Syracuse City School District and other local organizations

The PTO meets at least once monthly during the school year. Each member has voting rights on officer elections and larger expenditures.

Join Our Email Listserv

Email JoinEdSmithlistserv@gmail.com to be added to the Ed Smith PTO listserv for:

  • Information about PTO activities and meetings
  • Ed Smith and Syracuse City School District events and opportunities
  • Free or low-cost community events

Shop and Support

Give Ed Smith a little extra money to without spending a dime!

  • Download the Box Tops for Education app, select Ed Smith Pk-8, and scan your grocery receipts. Each box top is worth 10¢.
  • Sign on to your Amazon account through Amazon Smile and select Edward Smith PTO Organization. A percentage of your purchases will go directly to the PTO.

2019-2020 Board Members

  • President: Karly Grifasi
  • Vice President: Kari Zhe-Heimerman and Julie Gozan
  • Recording Secretary: Kate Saufley and Eric Ferguson
  • Corresponding Secretary: Ashley Bloomer
  • Treasurer: Michael Grifasi
  • Outreach Coordinator: Rebecca Mannion
  • Teacher Representative: Amy Warner