Your schools needs you!
Everything our school and PTA does is to support the classroom and our students. Whether it's raising money to fund NDI, recruiting volunteers to tutor students, or hosting a teacher appreciation breakfast, everything we do benefits our students in the classroom (happy teachers = happy and successful students).
One might ask, “How does serving food at a family event help my child read better?” It’s a valid question and the answer is simple…..
Fortunately, there are many ways to help students succeed - every little bit makes a BIG difference. You may:
Donate snacks directly to the classroom for students that may not have snack - students need brain food to learn - just drop off healthy snacks (whole fruit, dried fruit, applesauce, granola bars, fig newtons, crackers, cheese nips, cheese, etc) in the school office or directly to your child’s classroom
Volunteer in the classroom by reading with students, tutoring students, making copies for teachers, etc. - email GCS PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org - PTA will reimburse our volunteers for the $44 SFPS background check fee for classroom volunteers - email us at email@example.com for details
Volunteer in the Lobo Library - see Ms. McCabe*
Donate Keurig coffee pods, tea bags, paper coffee cups, sugar and cream to the staff lounge (we try to keep a supply of free coffee and tea for the staff) - just drop them off in the school office or staff lounge
Make a tax-deductible donation directly to PTA for our programs and events - 100% of your donation supports the classroom - any amount helps
Donate for 3rd and 4th grade students to participate in NDI - any amount helps - 100% tax-deductible
Donate a gift certificate in any denomination to local restaurants, coffee shops, book stores, Amazon, etc to be given to teachers as thank you gifts and prizes for students - drop them off in the school office
Earn while you Shop - Link your Smith's Rewards Card, Amazon account, and save Box Tops to earn money for our school - encourage grandparents, friends and co-workers to also link their accounts - no cost to you and the accounts work exactly the same way
For the past several years, our PTA made a decision to spend our reserves on beneficial programs for our students and teachers instead of just letting the money sit in a bank account and not serve our students. Unfortunately, we also did not have enough volunteers to help raise enough money to keep up our reserves so the party is now over - we will only spend what we raise each school year - nothing more, nothing less. Currently, our PTA fund balance is very low and PTA does not have any money to spend until we raise money this school year.
Can you believe that every program and event on this page only exists because of volunteers? Yep, volunteers. Now, one might think that most of the "jobs" listed here should be done by teachers and school staff and not volunteers, but unfortunately, our schools are not properly funded - the school simply does not have enough people :( Until our society and government properly fund our schools, WE (families and community members) need to chip-in or the program or event will not happen this school year.
These programs and events are enriching programs that we think help make GCS a great school. These programs and events will only be available to our students if we have volunteers, so please help make GCS a great school for your child by chipping-in!
Ideally, the following programs and events will have two co-chairs - a parent volunteer (or middle-school student) and a GCS staff volunteer. The co-chairs will work together in designing the event, coordinating volunteers, and communicating with the school and GCS PTA Board Members. Plus a GCS Board Member will help you every step of the way.