PTA-Sponsored Events and Programs
The purpose of the PTA is to support our educational community and to enhance the opportunities offered to the students at Leal. The following is a list of many of the annual events and fundraisers the PTA currently sponsors at Leal.
Welcome Coffee August
A casual get-together the first couple days of school, with coffee and donuts to say "Welcome" and "Welcome Back" to school!
Ice Cream Social August
This fun annual evening event brings families together at the beginning of the year to get to know each other.
Kids walk around the school to get exercise, have fun, and raise money for every classroom at Leal.
Scholastic Book Fair October
Raises money to provide a book to each Leal student, provide resources for the Leal Library, and to provide books for the D.E.A.R. reading program.
Change Wars October
Students are asked to bring in spare change throughout the week prior to the Scholastic Book Fair to help raise funds for the Leal Library.
Teacher Appreciation Dinners October, February/March
Teacher Appreciation Week May
Parent volunteers provide food at evening parent-teacher conferences, as well as a week of treats at the end of the school year. Leal staff greatly appreciate this!
Diá de los Muertos November
Students prepare by making crafts, learning songs, etc. All Leal and district families are invited to attend and enjoy learning about this celebration.
Multicultural Arts Night Fall
USD116 families come from all areas of the globe, and on this night they share their cultures with other families. Booths representing various countries are presented by families and community groups. Dancing and music performances, art activities, etc. are included.
Science Night Spring
Amazing night of science education for families, in coordination with the University of Illinois.
International Children’s Day Spring
A celebration for the kids. Performers, food, educational booths for parents, etc. are included. (occasional event)
Leal Literary Journal Spring
A printed collection of writings and artwork by Leal students. Students cheer when the are delivered to the classroom! Every Leal student receives a copy.
Leal Olympics May
All students run the UHS track and are times by volunteers, then participate in field activities at the school. Organized by Leal staff.
5th Grade Celebration May
4th-grade parents put together a fun day for the 5th-graders to say "Congratulations and Good Luck in Middle School!"
Fun Fair & Silent Auction May
This annual, community-wide carnival is one of the PTA's biggest fundraisers. Includes the ever-popular Taste of Leal. The Silent Auction includes donations from area businesses, Leal staff, and the community.