WHY SUPPORT THE GREATEST SCHOOL ON EARTH?
Last year teachers “juggled” with a delay in school starting, virtual learning was a “balancing act”, parents felt like they were walking a “tight rope”, and we all made it through with a little “magic”. Our 2020 Fall Fundraiser campaign undoubtedly contributed to the great success of Overton Park Elementary’s first year! We want to continue that momentum and are back to ask you to support the Fall Fundraiser again!
This year’s theme is Step Right Up and our goal is $85,000! All donations go directly to our school and every dollar supports the efforts of the Overton Park PTA and all of our students. What you may not know is that Overton Park is the highest performing elementary school in FWISD, but one of the lowest funded based on per pupil allotment. Overton Park does not receive Title 1 funds, does not qualify for bilingual programs, and is not eligible for most grant money. The school budget provided from state and local funds covers the very basic operations of the school; our PTA does a spectacular job paying for almost everything!
The annual Fall Fundraiser campaign helps us pay for all of the student programs, services, and instructional materials required to keep Overton Park an exemplary school: advanced academics (Scholastic News, Wordly Wise, Novel Units), student technology (Ipads, software programs like AR, Flowcabulary, Moby Max and Big Brainz), part-time instructional specialists, part-time tutors, student planners, science lab materials, playground equipment (our shade cover over the big playground, sport court and outdoor learning center), carnival, Thanksgiving feast, field day, artapalooza, splash day, millionaires club, visiting author, security, landscape, after school enrichment and much, much more. The Overton Park PTA spends about $500 per student each year!
So when considering whether or how much you will donate, consider the way these funds are used. Our Fall Fundraiser kicks off Tuesday, October 12th and will finish with a celebratory carnival, for children of all ages, on October 22nd. It is a great way to involve the students, families, and our community.