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PTA Fundraising Efforts

When schools experience budget shortfalls, they must find creative fundraisers to make ends meet. School principals must marshal all their resources to help fund their schools, often calling upon the PTA to develop fundraising ideas. The National PTA can assist PTAs in presenting unique school fundraising ideas as well as strategies for running effective fundraisers.

For the novice—and even for the experienced PTA member—fundraising can be a complicated enterprise. To get through this sometimes-difficult terrain, PTAs and school administrators need guidance they can trust. Whether you’re looking for tips on choosing a vendor, garnering corporate support, or managing the fundraising proceeds, the National PTA provides expert advice on how to conduct effective fundraisers.

Every Dollar Counts

Westchase Elementary PTA works each year to raise funds. The money raised is used for the following items (approximate budgeted items):

PTA Dues    $2,000           7%
PTA Expenses (Insurance, Training, Copying)    $7,000          21%
Teacher Support (Conference Nights, Appreciation)               $8,000          29%
Programs/Events  $13,000          43%
 $30,000        100%
School Enhancement  $35,000
TOTAL 2016-2017 GOAL $65,000

Your PTA supports more than 25 programs and events as well as a Teacher Grant program, 5th Grade Activites, and Helping Hands.   

2016-2017 School Enhancement Goal:  New Playground

2016-2017 FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES:

Thanks to your help, in 2015-2016 we raised just over $25,000 toward a new playground as our School Enhancement initiative. However, the total cost is almost $60,000, with an additional $20,000 for a cover. So our School Enhancement goal continues to be raising money for our playground & cover.  

The majority of our money is raised through the following Fundraising Activities:

Wizard Walk

This one event brings in almost 90% of the money raised for the school year. Almost 70% comes through online donations and includes support from family and friends in areas outside of Westchase.

This year's event will kick off on September 19th and end on September 28th with a Fun Walk at the Rec Center. We have some special school-wide, grade, and classroom incentives this year. 

Stay Tuned for more information on this fun & rewarding fundraising event.

Wizard Walk - School Results & Teacher/Classroom Stats

Spirit Line

Show Your Wizard Spirit! The Westchse PTA sponsors the sale of Westchase the latest in Wizard apparel, including shirts and magnets each year.

In addition, every two years, the PTA sponsors an art contest for our new “Spirit Shirt”. This year, we had two winners. Congratulations to: 

  1. First Place - Child A – Brightens your Way Down the Hallway
  2. Second Place - Child B – “W” Wizard

Please help support our winners by purchasing a Westchase Spirit Shirt!

Spirit Line forms are available in the front office or below. Please print the form, include payment (checks made out to Westchase PTA), and turn into the front office in an envelope marked: PTA Spirit Line. 

Westchase Elementary Teachers and Staff will receive a Community Discount Card AND $5.00 off their Spirit Line Order with the purchase of a PTA Membership!

If you have any questions about Spirit Line – please contact:  Spiritline@westchasepta.org

NOTE: Any Spirit Line items which must be ordered may take up to two weeks to fulfill and will be delivered to your student’s homeroom classroom. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Spirit Sticks

***NEW*** for 2016-2017, the Westchase PTA will hold a year-long Spirit Stick fundraiser. Spirit Sticks are small, embroidered patches which students can display on a key ring on their backpacks. They will representa  variety of interests and accomplishments. There will be many ways to earn a Spirit Stick (e.g., good grades, great behavior, exceptional attendance, etc.) and monthly opportunities to purchase limited edition sticks for just $1 in the courtyard. A Westchase ring & spirt stick will be given to each child at Open House. Additional sticks will be available for purchase or as incentives during the school year.

For more information, contact Nikki Pivnichny at fundraising@westchasepta.org.

Yearbooks

Your PTA coordinates the creation of our yearbook each year. This year we will be holding a special ART contest to design the cover.

New for 2016-2017, Yearbooks will ONLY be sold online!

YOU CAN BE PART OF OUR SCHOOL’S YEARBOOK PROCESS WITH THIS EASY-TO-USE SOFTWARE:

  • Upload photos from your computer, or use the Pictavo Mobile App
  • Purchase your yearbook by September 1st for only $20. ($25 thereafter through March 1st - LAST DAY TO ORDER)
  • Design/purchase your yearbook ad with ease!

Need more information? Would you like to help with Yearbook? WE NEED PICTURES: If you take pictures at Westchase events this year, please submit your pictures for consideration in our yearbook through the Pictavo app. For instructions, please refer to the PDF attachments below.

If you have any questions about the yearbook, please contact: yearbook@westchasepta.org.

Box Tops

The Westchase PTA will hold two Box Top contests during the 2016-2017 school year. Did you know that every Box Top is worth 10-cents to our school? Please ask friends, family, and neighbors to support our school by cutting and saving Box Tops found on many grocery items and sending them in via a Westchase Elementary student. The students receive one entry for every 10 Box Tops and there are weekly drawings for gift cards and a grand prize drawing. The class that collects the most in each grade level will also receive an award. Thank you for supporting our school!

Our first Box Top Drive will run from September 26 – October 21, 2016. Our second Box Top Drive begins on January 23, 2017.