School fundraising has come a long way from just bake sales and students selling gift wrap door-to-door.
Like many public schools, the Home and School Association at Forrest Elementary in Mayfair is partnering with local businesses to raise funds for their school without putting extra financial burdens on parents. The most recent effort is a collaboration with Bottom Dollar, where anyone with a membership card for the supermarket can link their account to the school’s fundraising program. Each purchase earns “points” for the school, which can be redeemed for classroom supplies from pens and pencils up through books, art supplies and even projectors and laptops.
“We’re very excited about fundraisers like these, because it makes it easy for families and whole communities to help out our school,” said Rachael Paramito, the Home and School board member who coordinated the fundraiser. “We’ve heard from a lot of parents that it’s getting harder to find the time and the money to buy or sell things. This helps people like that contribute.”
The Home and School Association at Forrest regularly provides classroom supplies like calculators, computer software and science and art supplies. Each year, the group also sponsors buses for field trips, musical instruments and the school play along with handling requests from teachers and student families throughout the year. According to Home and School President Tammie Lynn-Pontarelli, the group’s efforts are more important than ever this year.
“We’ve always been a group of dedicated parents that care about the education of all the children in our school,” she explained, “Now, a lot of our efforts go toward providing basic needs that a disgraceful school budget can’t afford.”
For information, visit www.forresthsa.org. ••