Volunteering is the key aspect that differentiates schools and makes children successful. Schools with better parental involvement have better test scores, more motivated students and better programs. At the Dawe school, we all know we do a lot of fundraisers and that everyone feels a little exhausted from having fundraisers for sports groups, clubs and schools. Believe me, we all feel the same way. But if we want to have great programs for our kids, we have to do a lot of fundraising. If you think of how much less taxes you pay in Stoughton than many surrounding towns, comparatively, the fundraisers are a real bargain.
Here's the issue. We have to raise a lot of money to conduct the programming we are lucky enough to have at the Dawe School. And I cannot tell you how many schools look at the programming and extras we provide and say, "Wow!" When we sit down and look at the budget, it's either have a lot of fundraisers or cancel amazing opportunities such as High Touch High Tech science days (these cost $7K per year), field trips (around $7.5K per year), new books for the Dawe library, historical re-enactors, teacher appreciation week, student folders (K-2), student agendas (3-5), the holiday store (where all children can make a purchase regardless of financial circumstances) and much more. So, we are asking you to commit to making these great programs happen for our Dawe students. I know it's a lot, and if you can't participate in every fundraiser we understand. But if you can try to do as much as you can, and participate as often as you can, all of the students will benefit.
There are a few families that prefer to make direct tax-deductible donations to the PTO as one big check or a few times throughout the year instead of doing fundraisers. This is also a very welcome way to contribute and we can provide a tax deductible donation receipt. Still other families donate a LOT of time by chairing fundraisers, staffing events and much more. All of these contributions are important and sincerely appreciated! We have some of the best students in Stoughton due to the commitment of our Dawe family, composed of teachers, staff, students, parents and other family members, who all come together to make sure we give students MORE than the minimum educational opportunities. Thank you all for your efforts!! I hope you'll join us at the next PTO meeting and help us make our school the best it can be!
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