IDCF & PTCO
Updated: Feb 1
IDCF is committed to building on PTCO connections to the ISD community to support their students.
Greg: Hello, my name is Greg Gantt.
Cindy: Hello, my name is Cindy Sharer and I am the former PTCO president.
Greg: I am the president of the Indiana Deaf Children's Foundation, IDCF. The reason we're making this vlog today is because there have been many people from the community reaching out with questions about IDCF, its purpose and if PTCO still has a board and is in existence. Cindy and I agreed that we would share information and clarify the situation for everyone. First, I’d like Cindy to share the history of PTCO and what has led us to where we are today.
Cindy: PTCO has always had good parent involvement, but over the last several years there has been less parent involvement and it has been difficult to get volunteers. Every year we hold elections to fill officer positions and it is difficult to find parents that want to take on an officer position. We have reached out to nominating individuals and no one stepped up. That is when we decided it was time for PTCO to transition to IDCF. There will not be a PTCO board and officers, however, we will still have PTCO day. We still need volunteers to come help with PTCO day.
Greg: Thank you, Cindy. So that was the course of events that led to today. From there, a discussion was had with David Geeslin, the Superintendent of ISD and the foundation was established. Many deaf schools and public schools have foundations. The benefit of a foundation is the ability to raise a lot of money for the school. And that is where it started. PTCO still needs volunteers for the five events that they host every year; trunk or treat, the holiday bazaar, the gala, PTCO day as well as the teacher and staff appreciation week. We still need volunteers for that. IDCF's focus will be on fundraising efforts and working with PTCO volunteers on those numerous events. It is now time for the gala, which is the next event on March 4th. It is a cowboy-themed event and casino night and it's going to be a lot of fun.
Both: Come on out and join us! Yes, come join us! Thank you.