Hoover Parent Teacher Organization (HPTO) has many events throughout the school year that fit into three different categories. Some are fund raisers that help support our school in a variety of ways. Some are community events that allow our Hoover friends, family, and neighbors to gather and have fun. HPTO also offers several enrichment events to promote extra learning beyond the classroom.
SOCK HOP – September
Every fall we kick of the school year with our Sock Hop. During this free community event the gym turned into a 50s dance with lights, a DJ, and if you’re lucky you may even see Elvis! Pizza, soda, and juice are for sale as well as some fun toys for the kids!
FUN RUN – October
Our first major fundraiser of the year is the Fun Run. Over the course of the day, every class comes into the gym and runs around in laps for 30 minutes while listening to some motivating music. The kids ask for donations for every lap they run from friends and family. The kids have a lot of fun, get some exercise, and everyone gets to participate in some way in one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – November
The Hoover community has families from dozens of countries, and that is celebrated in our enrichment event, International Night. Families create displays about their home countries (or students can decide to learn about another country and create a display for that). Hoover families grab a passport at the door and take a trip around the world without leaving the gym. There are food tastings and performances from local groups.
BOOK FAIR – December
This fundraiser in the only of the Hoover Fundraisers that does not give back 100% to the school, however it remains because of Hoover’s love of books. The Scholastic Book Fair takes place at the start of every December offering a place for students to shop and for parents to come take care of their holiday shopping.
READ-A-THON – January
One of our other major fundraisers takes place in the weeks after winter break. The Read-a-Thon encourages kids to read as much as they can for a week. Much like the Fun Run had kids earning money based on laps run, Read-a-Thon has kids earn money based on minutes read.
OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (OBOB) – February
Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide competition. The first level of these battles takes place right here at Hoover. 3rd – 5th graders form teams and read the books on that year’s OBOB list. A tournament-style competition begins in February culminating in a battle between the top two teams. More information can be found at http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/.
SCIENCE NIGHT – April
This enrichment night is a favorite among Hoover students and family. The gym, lobby and hallways are transformed into a Hall of Science with hands-on experiences for kids from several OSU departments, CVHS Robotics, Veterinary Clinics and more. Families are also encouraged to prepare for a contest which in past years have included an egg drop and a penny boat.
TEACHER APPRECIATION – May
HPTO take a major role in honoring teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. While the Staff Appreciation Coordinator usually does several things throughout the year, it culminates with the International Luncheon. It’s one of the favorite days of the year for staff as they get to enjoy dozens of dishes provided by Hoover parents.
CARNIVAL & AUCTION – June
One of the most anticipated days of the year for students, staff and families is the Hoover Carnival. Dozens of games, bounce houses, and cotton candy make up some of the highlights of this fundraiser. During the night there is also the Hoover Auction which is another major fundraiser and offers families the opportunity to bid on items from local vendors, art projects made by students, and experiences with staff members. It’s a memorable evening every year.
FIELD DAY – June
As the year wraps up, HPTO likes to help kids stay active out in the sunshine with Field Day. A variety of games are set up for kids to play to keep them moving as they get ready to head into summer vacation. Parent volunteers make this event a success every year and the kids love the extra fun during the day!