What We Do

Current Projects 

  • All School T-shirts - The PTO provides school t-shirts for all students K-12 at the beginning of the school year.
  • Open House - The PTO provides the food and entertainment for the Barnum Elementary Open House held at the beginning of the school year.
  • Harvest Fest - Harvest Fest is sponsored each fall by the Barnum PTO as a thank you to the community, school staff, parents, and students for participating in our fall fundraiser.
  • Teacher Conference Meals - The PTO provides meals for teachers and staff during fall and spring conferences at both the Elementary and High Schools.
  • Santa's Giftland - Santa's Giftland is a community service event hosted by the PTO that allows children to independently purchase gifts for family members.
  • All Arts Day - The PTO funds All Arts Day, an event for students that brings in all types of artists and gives the students exposure to a large variety of arts and crafts.
  • Book Fairs - The PTO sponsors Scholastic Book Fairs during the fall and spring conferences at the Barnum Elementary and on Track and Field day. 
  • Field Trip Transportation - The PTO helps fund the transportation costs for field trips for grades K-6.
  • Teacher Appreciation - While the PTO believes that every day we should show our appreciation for our teachers, we find opportunities throughout the year to thank teachers and staff for all they do. One instance is supplying fresh fruit, breads, and water in the teacher's lounge at the Elementary and High School on the first day of school. We also encourage parents to remember to thank our teachers each year during Teacher Appreciation Week (first full week of May).
  • Grandparents Day - PTO members help with refreshments for this special musical event.
  • $1000 Yearly Scholarship - A $1000 scholarship is given each year to a Barnum High School senior.
  • Popcorn Donation - PTO donates the popcorn for all home sporting events throughout the year, as well as the cost and printing of the "Bomber Corn" bags. 
  • Porta-potty - PTO funds the cost of providing a porta-potty located near the Elementary School playground for the convenience of all.
  • 2 Hour Power Volunteer Program - The PTO runs the 2 Hour Power Volunteer Program to help find volunteers for all types of  PTO and Elementary School events and activities.


Past Accomplishments

  • Artist in Residence - PTO brought you Mr. Billy the musical artist, who taught students about the six traits of writing by using a songwriting theme. The PTO has also brought in a cartoonist/artist who taught creative drawing skills to the students of the week.
  • Korwin Kronenberg "Above the Line" - PTO sposonsored Mr. Kronenberg's presentation to the students. After such an impressive presentation, the PTO then chose to host a family pizza presentation night to introduce this program to parents. The "Above the Line" protocol is still used at BES as an effective behavior tool.
  • Elementary Playground Equipment - The PTO launched a huge fundraising campaign to purchase the playground equipment at the Elementary School in 1997.
  • Playground Painting - The painting of the United States on the playground was initiated by the PTO and the cost of the upkeep was funded through the PTO and the artistic efforts of Ms. Lori Carlson!
  • Rock Climbing Wall - In April 2006, the PTO funded the purchase and installation of the rock climbing wall in the BES cafeteria for student use during physical education classes and other activities.
  • Arboretum - The beautiful flower/rock garden near the playground pavilion was started by the PTO. It is tended to by PTO volunteers and Little B's helpers.
  • Student Planners - The PTO has helped fund the purchase of student planners for all students Grades 3-12. 
  • Gifted and Talented Program - PTO donated the Book Fair proceeds to fund the Gifted and Talented program when it was in existence.
  • School Board Member Forum - PTO has previously sponsored a forum for community members to meet and ask questions of school board candidates vying for this important role in the community. This forum allowed community members an opportunity to meet the candidates, ask questions, and gather information before making their important decision on voting day.
  • Spring Show-Off - PTO donated the refreshments and helped organize this springtime event to highlight the artistic talents and musical abilities of Barnum students.
  • Track and Field T-Shirts -  PTO initiated getting t-shirts made for all elementary students for Track and Field Day, making it easier to identify students by grade and improving safety.
  • Helped fund the following:
    • BHS Spanish Club
    • Dry Erase Boards for classrooms
    • BHS Natural Resources Class
    • BHS Life Skills Class
    • BHS Family and Consumer Science Class
    • Purchased new band music
  • Donated to the following programs:
    • One Act Play - to attend the festival in St. Paul
    • Father/Daughter Dance
    • Post Prom
    • Community Easter Egg Hunt

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Barnum PTO

3813 North Street
Barnum, MN 55707
P: 218-460-0848

Barnum High School

3675 Country Road 140
Barnum, MN 55707
P: 218-389-3273
F: 218-389-3259

Barnum Elementary

3813 North Street
Barnum, MN 55707
P: 218-389-6976
F: 218-389-9842

Barnum District Office

3675 Country Road 140
Barnum, MN 55707
P: 218-389-6978
F: 218-389-3259