Our common goal is to help all our children thrive.

Healthy Air for All

The PTA helps to provide portable air purifiers in our Paxson classrooms. Purifiers reduce indoor exposure to fine particulate matter (think wildfire smoke) and protect teachers and children from airborne viruses.  These complemented the newly installed ionizers that MCPS installed in the main school ventilation system in 2020!

Family Resource Center (FRC)

The PTA supports the FRC, which works to assist students and families with school enrollment, resources, transportation, supplies, food, and clothing for eligible families in transitional housing situations. Contact Melanie Matelich at for more info.

Pep Can

Pep Can is a container filled with fun, all-inclusive games created by a Missoula mom!  We are looking for volunteers to spend time with the Paxson kindergarten through 5th grade students and facilitate the PEP Can activities throughout the lunch recess.

Teacher Activity Fund

Each fall we donate $10 per student to each classroom for those extras that our teacher’s budgets don’t cover.  But what if teachers could get funds for bigger items or innovative projects that inspire our students’ passions even more?  Join the PTA to support our school!

Safe, healthy, connected to nature

Paxson Playground

The conversation began in 2016 with a small group of parents and now through the dedication and support of our community, an idea is becoming reality! Paxson teachers, administration, students, and the parent community are working together to make Paxson Elementary a great place to be, and we thank you for your support in making this dream of an updated playground for many to enjoy. Learn more about the “Play! Paxson” project at

So many ways we serve

Other Initiatives

Our mission is to work together for children and families through education, leadership, communication and advocacy. With your support we are able to provide these amazing opportunities:

  • ̇$4,600 to Paxson for teacher activity funds
  • $500 to our amazing art, music, library & P.E. specialists
  • $4,400 to the Pep Can Program
  • $3,900 MCT residency and all school workshops
  • Over $1,500 to Animal Wonders in the classroom for 3rd graders
  • $700 to our school garden
  • $750 for 4th grade Naturalist in the Classroom
  • $700 for 5th grade explorers content & spelling bee
  • $1,200 for 5th grade gift
  • Funding for Inspire Grants where teachers can apply for funding for classroom projects, field trips, books, and more
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Family Resource funding to help our families in need
  • Free and fun events like the Ice Cream Social, Running Club & The Sock Hop

The Missoula Children’s Theater residency was made possible by you, our community, through the Paxson PTA.