Dowling Elementary School seeks to create a social and academic climate that gives students a strong feeling of belonging. Dowling is distinguished by its environmental focus, special education programs, a highly qualified and stable staff, and an unparalleled desire to have fun with learning. Dowling has a unique history–it was founded in 1924 to provide education to children with disabilities in the city of Minneapolis. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt visited Dowling and dedicated its therapeutic swimming pool.
The Dowling Parent Teacher Organization fosters community and raises funds to provide a wide range of educational enrichment programs for students. We help to fund class trips; external speakers and programs; books; classroom supplies, and events for students, families and teachers. Dowling PTO provides learning opportunities that would have otherwise been unavailable to our community.
How have contributions been used in the past?
The majority of the PTO’s budget is used to fund direct grants to teachers and staff. These grants have supported a wide range of wonderful activities for students in recent years. A few examples include:
The Dowling PTO also subsidizes the school yearbook and holds various events for the Dowling community over the course of the year, such as the Dowling campout and End-of-Year celebration.