There is something inherently inspiring about what elementary schools do for children, as this time of a child’s life is so formative. The story of school fundraising at Brittan Acres School in San Carlos, California is told in their school programs, and the beauty and importance of how they articulate them. The tale involves how they lead their community in elementary school fundraising to make it all possible.
Fun Run Crowdfunding Campaign
The first energetic school fundraising event of the year is a Walk-A-Jog. Students can walk, run or jog as many laps as they can within a fixed time period. It is Brittan Acres’ largest annual fundraiser, and one of the most highly anticipated events among students. Held on October 23rd, 2016, the fundraising event is essentially a school fun run with special inclusions like carnival games, inflatables and even a Dads’ BBQ.
“Where does the money go? The funds raised directly support essential programs at BA, including:
- Art in Action
- Books for the Library
- Community Building Events
- Science Day
- The Multicultural Fair
- A special fund for each teacher’s classroom
The school utilizes a creative non-profit video with sound and action causing its audience to find it hard not to feel uplifted – “Can’t stop the feeling”! Featuring a video on their crowdfunding website allows the school to show photos of school fundraising events, programs and students. It gives a better flavor than one photo does of the vibrant energy of their environment which is quite contagious.
Art in Action Taught by Parents
Art in Action is a PTA sponsored enrichment program at Brittan Acres which is completely run by parent volunteers. Parents come into the classroom each month to teach an art lesson inspired by a famous artist or culture. Lessons begin with a group discussion of a masterpiece from which students are taught art concepts and learn to express their opinions about what they see.
“Art in Action gets parents into the classroom for a fun hour of learning. There are opportunities to teach lessons, assist students during lessons and hang art for art shows. No previous artistic experience or ability is required. Training is provided by Art in Action for those who volunteer to teach.” They invite everyone to stop by the library where there is always art on display, and hold an Art Show every May, adding school fundraising to the scene.
PTA fundraising and involvement is reflected throughout the intriguing pages of the Brittan Acres story. “A big thank you to our PTA, who purchased AppleTV technology for all our classrooms and the office, all of which was installed this last week. In the classrooms, students and teachers will now have the ability to share with each other directly from their devices, including presentations, solutions to problems, examples of their writing, created images, and more.”
“After years of planning, fundraising and work the Brittan Acres Native Plant Garden and Amphitheater was opened last year as well.”
The message from the president shown above is reflective of the true diligence they have put forth in their elementary school fundraising. Looking forward and making each step in fundraising count plants seeds which blossom into real gardens and amphitheaters for schools. Sharing the positive results and years of planning is encouraging to all who have participated in fundraising for this and projects to come. Read more on encouraging your parents to become involved in PTO events.
Literacy and Fundraising
Brittan Acres identifies and individually provides support to young readers who are performing below their grade level. The goal is to eliminate gaps in student learning that might otherwise grow into more challenging reading difficulties.They work with selected students four days a week for 30-minute sessions, providing two hours of individualized reading remediation per week. They communicate regularly with classroom teachers about their students and are available to attend meetings with parents and teachers to measure student progress.
Every year the PTA sponsors a Read-A-Thon to encourage their students to make reading part of their daily lives. Each student records the number of minutes they read each day in order to meet a school-wide challenge and to win a fun recess for their class. At the end of the Read-A-Thon fundraiser a literary character will visit the school to celebrate the kids’ success if they reach the 100,000 minute goal.
Nonprofit Collaboration with the School
Three nonprofit organizations are a part of the school programs at Brittan Acres. Healthy Cities Tutoring is a non-profit organization that matches community volunteers with students to provide one-on-one mentoring to increase the academic success and self esteem of our youth. Dozens of students at Brittan Acres benefit from this program each year.
Music for Minors is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture in children a lifelong love of music by providing quality music education programs in elementary school classrooms. They are guided by the principles that school music develops creativity, social development, critical thinking, and self-esteem, and that a high-quality, comprehensive, inclusive music curriculum should be offered to all students.
Brittan Acres, their PTA, and the San Carlos Education Foundation host educational fairs, community building events and fundraisers throughout the year. Their list of fun events also include a Family Fun Night, Halloween Celebration, Holiday Boutique, Science Day, Movie Night, School Dance and more.
School Fundraising Resources
School fundraising plays a role in each special program offered by Brittan Acres. Looking for an engaging, healthy fundraising event for your school? Candy bars and cookie dough just don’t cut it these days. Schools are turning to Fun Runs, read-a-thons, and serve-a-thons to teach kids about community engagement, get them moving, and raise funds for their school at the same time. DoJiggy provides you with many free school fundraising ideas, school website software and resources.