December 2 is Giving Tuesday, the National Day of Giving! The Fundraising Committee is asking Grant families who have not yet donated to PTA’s Annual Giving Campaign and SMMEF to please make your donations via the links at http://www.grantpta.org!
Fall Festival was a great success, raising $15,000 to help meet PTA’s $186,050 budget. Did you know our PTA annual budget is $186,050?!?!?! Yes, that’s what the “stuff” PTA pays for costs! The “stuff” we pay for is critical to the day-to-day operations of our school. It falls into four main categories: (1) Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs; (2) Teacher Support; (3) Equipment and Facilities Management; and (4) PTA Administrative Expenses and Charitable Giving.
Alright, you ask, but what does all this really mean to my child’s day-to-day school experience? It turns out it means a lot! New computers in K-2nd? PTA-funded. The annual class field trips? PTA-funded. Special assemblies? PTA-funded. Science Expo and STEAM supplies? PTA-funded. Talent Show? PTA-funded. Do your kids like Brain Pop or has their reading improved because of Lexia? These are PTA-funded as well.
This chart below lists what your donations to Grant PTA fund for your children:
|Extracurricular & Co-Curricular Programs||Teacher Support||Equipment and Facilities Management||PTA Administrative Expenses|
We have our work cut out for us to raise the resources to pay for all these worthwhile expenses. Toward that end, PTA engages in four main fundraising activities each school year: (1) Annual Giving Campaign; (2) Fall Festival; (3) Jogathon; and (4) Spring Auction/Party.
While Fall Festival was a successful community event and raised its projected funds, our Annual Giving Campaign is way behind last year and substantially below our budget projections. Indeed, only 22.5% of Grant Families have invested in PTA this year!
So, we are asking you to please join us in making your contribution to Grant’s Annual Giving Campaign to ensure we don’t have to make tough decisions to cut the “stuff” our children and teachers have come to rely upon. If your family is able, please consider donating $350 per child, though last year we received donations ranging from $5 to $3,000 and everywhere in between. No donation is too small and all of our donations help our collective goal of providing all our children with the resources they need to succeed.
The Fundraising Committee will be in front of school the mornings of December 2-4 to accept your generous donations and we look forward to seeing you then! If you would rather give online, you may go to http://www.grantpta.org to make your donation today. Click on the Annual Giving Campaign link that takes you to the PayPal site. Thank you for your investment in all of our children’s education!