Dr. Seuss Celebration ~ March 2nd

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with the Harrison Township PTA on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Pleasant Valley School.

This annual celebration is FREE and it’s going to be LOTS of fun!  Dress up with a friend as Thing 1 and Thing 2!  All you need are blue wings and red jumpsuits.  All costumes must be in good taste and in accordance with our District’s STARS program and dress code.  There will be prizes for the TOP 3 costumes.

Multiple stations will be set-up thought PVS (cafetorium, library, music room, etc.) and each student will rotate through the stations with the group they are assigned to.Rotating Dr. Seuss themed stations include:

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  • Art
  • Science
  • Reading/Literacy
  • Eating
  • Technology and more

Students MUST be accompanied by their supervising adult as they rotate through the stations.  The PTA is committed to making this event fun and exciting for each person participating and cannot do this without your assistance and support.

To attend this event you MUST sign up in advance on the PTA website:  Space is limited to the first 180 students.

We look forward to seeing you there to help celebrate, the one and only, Dr. Seuss!


Meet Megan Sakhleh

If you have a child in the Harrison Township School District, you have probably heard the name Megan Sakhleh. Second Term President of the PTA and teacher in the district for 14 years, Megan is a staple in our community, educating our children and supporting the teachers, administrators and parents.

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Megan and her family only moved to Mullica Hill from Glassboro about four years ago. Her main reason? “It’s the best education around.” Her two sons, Elijah (age 9) and Ethan (age 6), and her pilot husband couldn’t be happier with the community and all it has to offer. She has lived practically right next door to Mullica Hill all of her life, attending Clearview High School and working for a decade and a half in Harrison School District. So, it seemed inevitable that she would put down roots in this town. “I feel like I’ve been in love with Harrison Township for twenty years,” she laughs.

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A life-long South Jersey Girl, Megan grew up as the youngest of five kids living on a 50-acre farm in Mantua Township. “We had all kinds of animals,” says Megan. “I rode horses since I was three and competed in eventing as well as show jumping until I was 15 years old.” She and her siblings were active in the 4-H Club and Megan continues to be an animal lover to this day. “My husband says our house is like a zoo because we have a Shih Tzu dog, a Red Eared Slider turtle, a Bearded Dragon and fish,” she says. “I would have many more pets if my husband agreed to it!” 

Though Megan was born, raised and continues to live in Gloucester County, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t explored the world. “I love to travel,” she says. “I love life and adventure.” She has been to Korea, China, Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, St. Maarten, Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas. In addition, she has been to 32 of the states. “Traveling to all 50 states by my 50th birthday is on my bucket list.”

“Family is most important to me,” Megan says. She describes her entire family as very close. “We all love each other dearly, vacation together annually, and enjoy each other’s company immensely.” They have seen each other through some tough times and the bond they share has helped them stay strong. She and her siblings lost their father when Megan was in her late 20s and her mother is a 13 year breast cancer survivor. The family was recently rocked (and still reeling) after her big brother, John, died unexepectantly in a tragic accident this past April.

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A Love For Education

After graduating from Clearview High School, Megan attended Ursinus College then went on to complete her Masters of Science Degree in Teaching at Rowan. While in school, she would substitute at Harrison Township whenever she was on break. In January of 1995, she was thrilled to be hired as a teacher at Harrison Township School. “I fell in love with it,” she says happily. “With the students, of course, but also with the families. I found it a very warm, friendly, loving environment. [It’s] a nurturing place.” She taught grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 at both Harrison and Pleasant Valley School, taking some time off after after the birth of her first son.

While teaching, Megan was always the PTA Teacher Liason. When her children began attending the school and the PTA needed help with Teacher Appreciation a few years ago, Megan agreed to assist. The next year, she accepted the invitation to be the PTA Vice President which groomed her for a two-year term as President. “I love when I go to the school and see that the kids love what we’ve done,” she says. She gives all the credit to the PTA Board members. “I always say, the Executive Board could run the world!”

The most significant contribution of this Board is the new website. The Father-Daughter Dance and Monte Carlo Night were also piloted as new events last year, both of which were a big success. “A huge misconception is that we only do fundraisers,” Megan says. For every one fundraiser, the PTA holds three service events. Service events do exactly what their name implies – provide a service to the community. They include all of the educational assemblies, class picnics, the talent show, Breakfast with Santa, and all of the educational software. Last school year they funded the giant projector at both HTS and PVS and purchased one additional Smart Board.

There will be some changes this year as well. For example, they will replace the traditional Holiday Shop with “10,000 Villages” (set up at the Breakfast for Santa). They are also planning to implement a fitness-based fundraiser called BoosterThon. “I’m excited and eager to see how it goes!” Megan says.

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From Pencils and Predicates to Manners and Etiquette

In 2005, Megan and friend Krissy Love launched an amazing new business called Love That Etiquette. These friends-turned-business-partners believe that curtesy and consideration are not only the building blocks for successful relationships, but the ingredients for life-long success. With this philosophy in mind, they developed a unique curriculum designed to teach social skills, traditional etiquette, and contemporary manners to children ages six to 18.  More than magic words and self-presentation, these courses are designed to instill self-confidence, encourage respect for others, and sharpen the social skills that translate into real world success. “We just want people to be considerate, compassionate human beings,” Megan emphasizes. Their classes (either group or private in-home) are typically 6 hours divided into two sessions and cover everything from place settings to personal grooming; first impressions to internet etiquette;  table manners to posture.

The Multifaceted Megan


As if she isn’t busy enough with two boys, her Etiquette business, the PTA and her teaching position at HTS, Megan finds time for rowing, running, triathlon and charity. She is a member of the Witches of East Greenwich Dragon Boat, which she describes as a “… fun group of fantastic local women who paddle on the Schuylkill River each Fall.”

Founded in 2009, The Witches of East Greenwich is an all female rowing group that competes in the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival’s annual boat race on the Schuylkill River. The Witches began with two boats their first year and have grown exponentially since. In 2015, they entered 10 boats and had over 225 Wicked Women Rowers. They eventually became a non-profit and over the past five years have raised over $62,000 for local charities.

Megan has also been a member of the Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club for the past 5 years, completing six sprint triathlons.  However, Megan mainly identifies herself as a runner. She has participated in numerous road races since 1999, including four half marathons and the Chicago Marathon. “I think running and exercise is good for the body and mind,” she shares. As if all this isn’t enough, she also teaches Sunday School at the church she has attended her entire life. 

Megan can be found in Harrison Township School three days a week working as the Kindergarten Librarian/Reading and Literacy Teacher. “I’m happy to be back,”  she smiles. “I feel like I’m home again.”

Monte Carlo [Date] Night ~ January 23rd

monte carlo The Harrison Township PTA will host a Monte Carlo Night on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Masso’s in Glassboro,This is a great “Date Night” opportunity to socialize with other parents, make new connections in a friendly, upbeat atmosphere all the while supporting the Harrison Township PTA.  

Each ticket purchased will include a dinner buffet, open bar, D.J. and dancing, access to games of chance and $50 in Casino Cash.

At the end of the evening your winnings can be converted into tickets to try your hand at the Basket Auction.  The games of chance will include Black Jack, chips4Craps and Roulette just to name a few.

The ticket price per person is $55 and per table is $550 (seats 10 people). 

For more information visit Monte Carlo Night on the PTA Website  or email MonteCarloTickets@HarrisonPTA.org.

Spring Basket Auction ~ May 2nd

The Harrison Township PTA will host its 6th Annual Spring Basket Auction on Friday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Pleasant Valley School.  This could be your lucky year!!

There will be over 40 specialty baskets up for auction with lots of fun themes and several new ones this year.  Some of the highlights include: Lego Lovers, Get in Shape, Sleepover, Tailgating, Kids Science, Sports Mom, Fishing, a Mullica Hill basket and much more!

Spring Basket AuctionIn addition to the baskets, there will some great collector items up for auction including a Jimmie Rollins signed Phillies baseball bat and an Ian Laperriere signed Flyers hockey puck, as well as free tickets to various local attractions like the Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium, Longwood Gardens and Morey’s Pier; a free arcade birthday party package and plenty of gift cards to various local businesses.  

While you’re busy dropping tickets in your baskets of choice and catching up with friends, the kids can do crafts, play games and get their faces painted too. 

This is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  All proceeds from the event go towards supporting school events such as assemblies, class picnics, and teacher appreciation week, as well as purchasing school supplies like educational magazine subscriptions, SMART Boards and playground equipment.  

Families, community members and local vendors interested in donating items to the auction should contact PTA President Anna Brown at htspvspta@gmail.com.  Participating local vendors will also have an opportunity to set up a display during the auction to showcase their products or services.  Interested vendors should contact Cristie Clark at cristie.clark@thermofisher.com.

For more information, please visit the Harrison Township PTA website www.harrisonpta.org.