PTA yard sale to benefit Verde Elementary

Verde Elementary, a K-8 grade school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), will host the “Verde Mini Pulga PTA Fundraiser” Sat., March 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the school’s PTA in support of Verde students.

According to Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia on Facebook, the yard sale is “an excellent opportunity to support our only school in North Richmond and buy one-of-a-kind items from local residents.” – Source

PTA members Honored at Lynbrook Founders’ Day celebration

February has been the month to honor the founders of the Parent Teachers Association and to honor local PTA leaders for more than 110 years, and the Lynbrook school community joined together on Feb. 1 to do just that.

Each year, the PTAs of the Lynbrook School District honor those who have made unselfish contributions to the schools and community on Founders’ Day. The National Congress of Mothers, subsequently known as the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and eventually the PTA, was founded on this day in 1897 by 2,000 people to promote the welfare of children in the home, school, and society. The Lynbrook Council of PTAs held a ceremony in the Lynbrook High School gymnasium to celebrate this year’s recipients. – Source

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Walled Lake Schools’ PTA groups host fundraisers for students

PTA fundraisers were recently held at elementary schools throughout the Walled Lake Consolidated School District to benefit student activities.

Throughout the school year, the fundraisers for each building assist provide funding for various PTA activities and events.

Walled Lake Schools issued a news statement that explained the events and how the money would be utilized.

 

The Color Fun Run was held on Oct. 1 at Commerce Elementary, with earnings going to assemblies, author visits, classroom materials, and PTA scholarships.

Throughout September, Dublin Elementary held an autumn Mumkin sale, which consisted of mums in a pumpkin planter. The sale’s proceeds were intended to go toward fifth-grade camp, field trips, field day, classroom materials, and a new track.

Dublin Principal Danielle Bigi said, “We are appreciative to the Dublin community for supporting our fall Mumkin sale.” “The money raised from this sale will help our PTA support our Dublin students and staff in a variety of ways, including funding for our new track.”

In addition to the resumption of its fun run in September, Glengary Elementary sponsored a fall Mumkin sale. – Source

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To the Easton Area School District superintendent, there’s little wiggle room.

The school district booster clubs, PTA and support organizations raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in the name of the school district’s children.

Football boosters president Brooke Gavurnik said the policy change prohibiting gambling on school grounds would mean the end of moneymaking basket bingos in the cafeteria. The policy would also prohibit children 18 and under from participating in fundraisers involving gambling. –  Source

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PTA fundraising ideas during the pandemic

PTA Fundraisers during Covid raises $30 thousand dollars

Great pandemic Fundraisers ideas for any PTA Organization OR Big Brother Big Sister Organization

Looking for some new ideas to raise money for your PTA during Covid? This case study can help your parents and teachers find ways to raise the funds they need for school. It will help generate some PTA fundraisers ideas to help your Parents and Teachers Association find the funds they need for your students.

In this story we discuss the Wanda Gray Elementary PTA in Springfield. Annually it sponsors a fundraiser to help the school purchase new supplies. Sometimes, it’s little issues they raise money for.

This year, though, the PTA club decided to take on a huge project. Imagine replacing the playground’s kickball field with a fake grass field.

And why is that?

Listen to what the kids say…

“It was usually muddy and unclean and difficult to play on,” says Silas Williams, a fourth-grader at Wanda Gray Elementary.

However, there was a minor stumbling block. Where would they get the  $30,000 to pay for it?

A local PTA campaign saves the day

The amazing thing is the school didn’t pay a dime of it.

“It was really the Wanda Gray families that knocked it out of the park,” Drennan says. “We prolonged our campaign for a week longer, and they just keep giving.” Only from families, we were able to raise a total of $25,000. The remaining five were provided by local businesses.”

York adds, “We even had kids donating.” “I recall one kid giving 67 cents and a thank-you card.”

Those 4th graders who were kicking it in the dirt now have a new and improved location to play every day thanks to the community’s help. According to Drennan, the field should survive well over a decade.

“It’ll be fantastic to be able to play on it,” adds Harrison Auge, a fourth-grader.

The lesson for your parent teachers association?

Here are some tips from this case study.

  • Get your community involved.
  • Get everyone excited about making a difference.
  • Every donation counts. remember one student donated .67 cents!
  • Have a ribbon cutting ceremony (or something similar) to acknowledge your donors, volunteers and supporters.

These ideas can be applied to any fundraiser your PTA sponsors. Works great for after school programs, music classes and school teams.

Additional online fundraising ideas for PTA’s

Think of popular items people in your community like to buy. Joe Wolpin, Of Fundraisingzone.com offers PTA fundraising ideas for Parents and Teachers Groups all over the country. Joe tells us that these are very popular because your friends and family are buying these things anyway.

  • Cookie dough
  • Candles
  • Popcorn
  • Gift wrap
  • Gourmet coffee

Did you know their are pta fundraising companies like Fundraisingzone.com have virtual programs that you can do by text, phone, email or zoom? Schools get free brochures that feature the fundraising merchandise. The volunteers simply show the items in the catalogs and let their friends and family pick the items they like. Most items are under $20 and the school PTA or PTO earns up to 50% profit. The parents and teachers do not have to pay any money to get started,

This is a great way to do fundraising during Covid. We hope it helps your school raise the funds it needs for your boys and girls at school.

 

 

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When God Doesn’t Answer – Believing God Through Longsuffering – Hope for Your Wild Child Prodigal

Are you desperate to find hope for your rebellious teenager? Do you wonder where God is, and why He doesn’t seem to be helping your child, your home, and your sanity? Does it seem that your prayers are simply bouncing off the ceiling, and you have become bewildered, frustrated and angry? As a mom of a rebellious daughter, I know how tempting it can be to give up, give in and get out. I couldn’t understand how this precious child, my beloved daughter could be so surly, angry, rebellious and downright mean. The more I prayed for my child, the more frustrated I became. I begged God for answers, for help, for peace. But, things continued to get worse. I couldn’t understand how a good God wouldn’t answer my good prayer. Because I didn’t understand how God sometimes chooses to work, I gave up all peace and joy as I surrendered my precious relationship with the Lord for fear and frustration. Because I thought I knew best, I lost all faith in trust in the One that promises to be my comforter and rescuer.

Why Do Kids Need Playground Equipment In School?

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Patience in the Life of Your Prodigal Child or Rebellious Teen: The Gift of Longsuffering

Did you know that longsuffering is a gift of God? But why? When we suffer, we have two options. One is to give up, the other is to press on. If we choose to move forward, we have another choice. We can blame God, blame others, and blame ourselves, leading us to despair. Or, we can rightly choose to embrace longsuffering, declaring our steadfast hope and trust that Jesus will do what we cannot. That He will give us the ability to endure when the world enables us to give up. That He will move when we have done all we know to do, and have failed. That He will work in powerful ways that the nonspiritual cannot comprehend. That He will deliver us from fear and bondage. That he will bring joy when by the world’s standards, we are entitled to be miserable. And that He will bring redemption, purpose, and light to hopeless situations.

The Teen Weekend Sleep-In

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The New Apps for Summer Learning

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How To Use Designer Candy For A Child’s 10th Birthday Party

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Safety Requirements for Kids Go Karts

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Boating Safety Tips for Kids

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Give Play Back to Children

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Teen Sleep Deprivation – 7 Facts Parents Should Know

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Teens Struggle With Their Biological Clock

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Health Consequences of Teen Sleep Deprivation

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Teenagers Have Weird Sleep Habits

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Academic Consequences of Teen Sleep Deprivation

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