How much money does the PTA need and WHY???
PTA’s goal this year is to raise $69,000. That breaks down to about $71 per student. PTA is raising this money to fund all of our school programs. The FAME program is our biggest expense. It costs $40,000 a year and gives all of the students 10-13 weeks of instruction learning a specific art form. Considering all of the cuts that have happened to school art and music programs, we definitely think it is a worthy cause. We provide field trips for all of our students costing approximately $10,000 a year. PTA pays for programs to promote family time including the Welcome Back Picnic, Donuts for Dads, Muffins for Moms and Grandparents’ Day. PTA also funds the following programs for our students: Career Day, Garden Week, Math Field Day, Red Ribbon Week (promoting anti-drug awareness), Health Week, Toastmasters, Reflections, 6th grade t-shirts and Promotions. This year PTA was also able to purchase a laptop cart for the school containing 35 new laptops computer costing $11,400.
Why doesn’t PTA just ask for $71 per student from each family at the beginning of the year? PTA has tried a direct donation in the past and it was not successful enough to pay for all of our programs. Also, some families prefer fundraisers where they are able to get donations from outside of their immediate family. To meet the needs of all of our families, PTA is holding four major fundraisers this year. We will have a gift wrap sale in September, a dessert sale in November, a golf tournament in March, and a Jog-a-Thon in the spring.
PTA enjoys bringing all of our programs to your children at Mountainview and we hope to have your support in our fundraisers this year.