What is our goal?
We need your help to close the funding gap and support essential needs and services, so that all of our kids can reach their full potential.
Our PTA budget for the year 2017-18 is $305,000. With $43,825 already given for Fund an Item line during the auction in the spring of 2017, we have approximately $261,000 to raise or $360 total per student.
What does the PTA fund?
Genesee Hill PTA continues a long tradition at Schmitz Park to ensure that parent donations target fundamental needs that support every student: safety, curriculum, good teaching.
Using PTA funds to provide resources for Genesee Hill students helps achieve equity across schools in Seattle Public Schools by allowing more district dollars to be available for higher poverty schools.
The Genesee Hill PTA has provided the following for our students:
- School supplies for every student
- Field trip scholarships
- All recess monitors
- PE equipment (unicycles!)
- Playground equipment
- Emergency preparedness supplies
- Laptops and software licenses
- Global Passport program
- New Building transition and set-up
- Library books
- Unrestricted teacher grants to fund the material that makes every classroom unique and effective
- Volunteer coordinator who makes it easy to get involved and stay involved
- Reading and math tutors helping both struggling and advanced learners
- Augmented staffing to ensure a full-time counselor and a Math specialist for Walk-to-Math in Grades 3-5
- One-on-one tutors for every Kindergartener
PTA supports teacher professional development because we understand its impact on the quality of our students’ education. Here is a sample of workshops and training attended by our teachers in the past thanks to PTA support: Readers Workshop Institute, Columbia Teachers College; Writers Workshop Institute, Columbia Teachers College; Wired for Reading, dyslexia support, initial training; Singapore Math with Yaep Ban Har and Gregory Tang; Creative Dance Center, advanced training; “I Teach K” conference.
The Genesee Hill PTA is a proud sponsor of many events that make school life more interesting for all of us: Genesee Hill-ville Carnival, annual dinner auction, fifth grade graduation, parent education, Spiritwear, Field day, Staff Appreciation week, student directory, and MORE!
How can I donate?
We center our fundraising efforts around celebration of our school spirit and community. With the exception of funds raised specifically for Fund an Item, all of the funds donated by the families go to the PTA general fund and benefit every student, teachers, and the school. Here are some details on our campaigns and events:
Move-A-Thon: This fitness celebration and fundraiser in one is planned for October 12, 2017. It is a great way to involve our greater community and to reach out to neighborhood businesses, family, and friends to help raise your family donation goal. Students collect pledges and earn money for each lap they walk, jog, or run around a 1/10-mile course on the parking lot for 30 minutes. Movers usually complete 15 – 30 laps in the time allowed.
Please note that due to difficulty of scheduling events in the spring and the history of hot weather we have made the decision to switch the Move-A-Thon to the fall.
Annual Auction: Save the date for March 17, 2018! Join us for the biggest party of the year and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at our Gala with your friends and teachers.
Direct Give: This campaign runs April through June, 2018. It is a direct request to families to donate funds. Please give what you can. No donation is too small!
Go to our blog page http://GeneseeHillPTA.org/DirectGive for instructions on how to give online or with a check.
Make your donation go farther and ask your employer if they participate in a matching gift program. See more information at http://GeneseeHillPTA.org/Corporate-Matching.
Not interested in giving cash? You can still help through several shopping programs, including AmazonSmile and eScrip. Get more information on how to support our school while doing your regular shopping at http://GeneseeHillPTA.org/Shop-For-Genesee-Hill.
And please remember that the Genesee Hill Elementary School PTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our Tax ID is 91-1252753.
Thank you for supporting our students!