(Rome City Schools media release):

The exciting shrills, and loud “wows” of students filled the chilly air as the group of eager children waited on a black stretch limo to approach the pick-up line at West End Elementary School on Wednesday, December 15.

West End’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) recognized 18 students who went above and beyond by raising over $150 in pledges during the recent Spooky Sprint event held in October.

Not only were these 18 students treated to a special limo ride to downtown Broad Street, but they were also able to enjoy lunch at Mellow Mushroom, a treat that all of the students had been looking forward to.

“We would love to thank our parents for all of the support the provide our PTO,” smiled West End Principal, Dr. Dennis Drummond. “We are very appreciative of our PTO board, as well as all of the members of our PTO,

for putting together great incentives, such as the limo lunch, for our


He continued, “I would also like to thank our parents for always supporting our PTO. We truly couldn’t do any of this without them and we appreciate their support. The money that our parents and students are raising goes

right back to supporting our kids. Their support in our events helps us do great things like this.”

Coming up on Friday, December 17, West End’s second and sixth grade chorus students will be performing several songs during their special PTO event, in which all WEE families are welcome to attend.

Also, West End’s PTO, in conjunction with the school’s Wild About Reading incentive program, will be helping to support recognizing students for reading over the Christmas break.

“We are currently working on a bingo sheet that allows students the opportunity to complete cool tasks related to reading,” explained Dr. Drummond. “Some of the tasks students will be able to complete are, for example, read a book on New Year’s Day, or read a colorful book, read a poem to your grandparents, and more.”

“When we get back from our break,” Dr. Drummond smiled, “we will be recognizing those students who have gone above and beyond by continuing to read over the Christmas holiday.”