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An Open Letter from a PTO Leader About the Boosterthon Fun Run

An Open Letter from a PTO Leader About the Boosterthon Fun Run

First-year Boosterthon schools are often at a loss for words when describing their experience with our program. But every now and then, a school finds just the right ones. Case in point: Fairmount Elementary just outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

This past March our team had the privilege of serving Fairmount—our first ever elementary school in the St. Louis area. Fairmount had been doing their own fun run fundraiser for a number of years, but with little success. So they decided to give Boosterthon a try.

They were blown away by nearly every aspect of the program. In fact, Fairmount loved Boosterthon so much that Darla Kitsmiller, the school’s PTO Fun Run Chair, wrote this recommendation letter to schools considering the Boosterthon Fun Run.

So, what did she say?

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4 Reasons Why Our School Chooses Boosterthon Every Year (And Why You Should Too)

4 Reasons Why Our School Chooses Boosterthon Every Year (And Why You Should Too)

A guest post by Kim Craddock, PTO President at Amy Parks Heath Elementary School (a 5-year partner) in Rockwall, TX.

Four years ago, I began my time on the PTO board as the volunteer coordinator. This gave me an inside view of the school and allowed me to understand how our PTO worked. Our purpose is to partner with the school, helping in any way we can to ensure that Amy Parks is an excellent academic facility and a desirable working environment. A large part of our responsibility includes fundraising. Our goal is to raise enough funds each year to provide our staff with extra tools, resources, and training.

Here are four reasons why we choose Boosterthon as our main fundraiser to help us hit our goal year after year: read more…

4 Secrets to Getting Parents On Board with Your Fundraiser

4 Secrets to Getting Parents On Board with Your Fundraiser

Note: This post was written by Dannielle Cappellino, an 8-Year PTA Member in Orange County, California. 


 

There’s no getting around it: The success of your school’s fundraiser depends on the support and involvement of your parents. If you can develop a strategy to get parents on board, you have a much higher chance of reaching your fundraising goals. Here are four steps to help you rally parent support: read more…

3 School Leaders Answer the Question: Why Do Schools Need to Fundraise?

3 School Leaders Answer the Question: Why Do Schools Need to Fundraise?

It happens every year. An elementary school sends an email announcing its next fundraiser, causing many parents to wonder, “Why do we need to fundraise at all?”

It’s a valid question and one that’s not universally understood. But as the think tank Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and others have noted, many schools simply don’t have enough funds to provide students with the educational experience they deserve. The CBPP’s recent report on the subject noted:

“Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools — in some cases, much less — than before the Great Recession. Worse, some states are still cutting eight years after the recession took hold . . . These cuts weaken schools’ capacity to develop the intelligence and creativity of the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs.”

That’s why we asked a principal and two PTO Presidents why schools need to fundraise. If you’re wondering why schools need to fundraise, their responses may give you a better understanding. read more…

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