Gone are separate organizations for the PTSA, Booster Club, Soccer Booster Club, Project Grad Prom and others at Truman High School. Instead, all of the school’s booster groups and clubs have joined forces to form one, unified parent group – The Truman Patriots Club.

Gone are separate organizations for the PTSA, Booster Club, Soccer Booster Club, Project Grad Prom and others at Truman High School. Instead, all of the school’s booster groups and clubs have joined forces to form one, unified parent group – The Truman Patriots Club.

“We have unified forces to form one parent group,” said Janette Barron, of the Truman Patriots Club. “This group will support all Truman students.”

Barron said the Truman Patriots Club was formed after declining membership in the Truman Booster Club. She said they were also looking for ways to let more people know that the booster club supported all students at Truman, not just those who participated in sports. A task force was then formed, asking all teachers, coaches, sponsors and parent groups to participate. From the task force, it was decided to wrap all of the school booster clubs under one umbrella in an effort to unify the school.

Throughout the year, the club will work to raise money to fund scholarships for graduating seniors. Other funds will go toward prom, homecoming programs, Project Graduation, Relay for Life, financial support for AFS students, extra transportation costs for athletes and much more.

“By joining forces, we increase resources for all groups. Parents, caregivers, students and staff would have ‘one stop shopping,’” Barron said. “We have one monthly meeting scheduled on the second Monday of every month. All the groups/clubs that participate will have a communication vehicle to let everyone know what is going on. It is our goal to make it easier for parents/supporters to get involved.”

Communication is one of the main benefits Barron said she sees to having the Truman Patriots Club. She said by being a part, it allows every organization to attend on meeting to “hear it all.” Not only will updates be given by school administration, but everyone who attends will receive current information about fundraisers and the day-to-day information about what is happening at the high school.

Each organization that participates will have a representative attending the monthly meeting. In addition, by signing up to become a member of the Patriots Club, $5 of the membership fee will go directly to the participating group chosen. Other benefits include having the opportunity to work the concession stand, participate in the basketball tournament and merchandise sales, as well as participate in the Annual Steak Auction. Profits from the auction tickets will go directly to the group each individual chooses.

Currently, there are 41 groups/clubs participating, with more than 270 members. Among the groups participating are choir, French Club, Key Club, Project Grad, Senior Class, softball, StarSteppers, track, tennis, soccer, robotics, orchestra, National Art Honor Society, golf, Math Club, cheerleaders, basketball, Scholar’s Bowl, wrestling and Literacy Ambassadors.

“I think communication is our biggest challenge,” Barron said. “The Patriots Club Executive Board has spent the majority of our summer planning and preparing to make this the best it can be. We really want to help the students of Truman and bring the community together.”

Membership is $5 for seniors; $15 for individual/families and $35 for businesses. For more information, call Truman High School at 816-521-5350.