Clinton hosts PTA

Brenden West/Clinton HeraldLiz Mink (left), Iowa PTSA Board President, oversees the prize drawing during Saturday’s conclusion of the organization’s annual convention.

CLINTON — Every four years, the Iowa Parent Teacher Association rotates its meeting back to Clinton. When that happens, state PTA president Liz Mink, who also resides in Clinton, likes to use it as an opportunity not only to highlight educational progress in the local district but also to showcase the community as a whole.

“I enjoy showing us off, especially the new building,” Mink said Saturday as this year’s convention concluded at Clinton Middle School. “It’s always exciting to have new people in town visiting. I try to promote locally owned things while they’re here.”

Local board members were able to show off the Clinton School District’s latest feature. In return, they were able to exchange ideas with groups from around the state, as dozens turned up for the event.

Sarah Shepherd, who is part of the Eagle Heights Elementary PTA, said local board members plan to take those exchanges back to their various committees to see what Clinton can gather from them.

“We learned about what parents can do to get their kids reading,” Shepherd said. “It’s a huge opportunity for us. We’ve had events at every single building this week. Some are looking at things we’ve done and the other way around.”

The two-day event, which began Friday, offered a number of insightful workshops. The ranged from how to improve reading and leadership skills to ways to reduce bullying.

To Mink, the event always comes back to the theme of involvement. PTAs involve the work of volunteers throughout their communities, and Mink hopes the weekend might encourage more local involvement.

Anyone wishing to get involved should contact Mink at lizmink@hotmail.com.

Assistant Editor Brenden West can be contacted at brendenwest@clintonherald.com

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