Annual Campaign – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What do I do if I never received or can’t find the orange pledge card?
A: Extras can be found in the front hall of the school. Your pledge card is also available to download and print. It’s OK if it’s not orange!
Q: I have two kids at Bryant but only want to write one check, what do I do?
A. Include the donation in one check, and put it in one envelope but please turn in both orange cards. There is a box on the form to check to indicate that your donation is being sent in with a different card.
Q: Why is the Annual Campaign our major fundraiser?
A: The Annual Campaign has shown itself to be a sustainable fundraising model with high returns, a very low cost to the PTSA, relatively low volunteer hours, and a chance for the entire Bryant Community to be involved.
Q: Why only two weeks?
A: The two week focus is to keep everyone engaged, and get it done! Honestly, we would make it just one week if we thought we could get the cards back in that time. We have learned in past years that, beyond two weeks, more time does not equal higher returns. You are, of course, welcome to contribute money at other times of the year, but it works best for the PTSA if you can make your commitment now. Monthly installments are a provided option as well. Just check the appropriate box on the back of the pledge card.
Q: What is the overall goal?
A: For the Annual Campaign our goal is 100% response — we want to hear from everyone in the Bryant community, even if that doesn’t include a contribution. From a monetary perspective the goal is to raise enough money to cover current PTSA spending while also taking into account Seattle wage increases.
Have your own questions? Please feel free to send them to the Fundraising Co-chairs Leeann Huntington and Sara Fenzl.
Please participate by returning your orange pledge card.
One of the great things about Bryant is that there are so many different ways to participate in the life of the school. We already know that we have 100% participation from the Bryant community on so many levels. It would be great if that can be translated into 100% participation in this year’s Annual Campaign!
It is a source of tremendous Bryant pride that so many people support the school through volunteer work. This includes classroom support as a Room Parent, school support such as Library Volunteer, or one-time obligations, such as helping out at the Blast, or baking cookies for Teacher Appreciation Week.
We all help the Bryant community when we speak up about issues that are important for our kids. Whether this has to do with state and local school funding, finding the right school start times, or reinforcing the importance of art, math, science, music, recess, and technology, we show our kids what it means to be good citizens by the way we participate in advocacy for our school.
By participating in the Bryant PTSA Annual Campaign, and giving what we can, we all support numerous important initiatives that we, as a community, have identified as being important to us. These include:
- Field Trip Supplies
- Classroom Supplies
- Reading A-Z Materials for Classrooms
- Library Materials
- Writer’s Celebration
- Field Day
- Art Supplies
- Science Fair
- Garden Buddies
Our priorities as a PTSA are also reflected in the funding of several part-time staff positions that help Bryant be a better place every day of the year through enrichment, safety and academic excellence. These include:
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Recess Supervisor
- Technology Lab Manager
- Instructional Support
- Tutoring/Academic Support
- Arts Educators
- Instrumental Music
- Substitutes to help Teachers during Student Assessments
Please contact us with any questions.
Leeann Huntington & Sara Fenzl
2017-18 Bryant PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs
THE ARTS: Artist in Residence, Art Docent Supplies, Classroom Projects, Instrumental Music Instruction
TEACHING AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT: Classroom Supplies, Field Trips, Tutors, Science Fair, Math Club, Technology, Library Materials, A-Z Reading/Raz Kids, Writers’ Celebration, Global Reading Challenge, Islandwood
STUDENT HEALTH: PE Supplies, Safety Patrol, Playground Supervision, Nurse Support
BUILDING COMMUNITY: Field Day, Bryant Forums, Volunteer Recognition, Teacher and Staff Recognition, Bryant Weekly, Phone Book
Our fundraising principles represent the values of our community. The basic practices that the Bryant PTSA follows in our fundraising include:
- Raise what the PTSA needs, as determined by the community-led budgeting process.
- Assume that money raised in one year is spent in the next, so that parents and students experience the direct benefits of their own fundraising.
- Encourage the community to participate in budgeting process and setting funding priorities.
- Respect the voluntary nature of PTSA contributions and ask people to give generously within their means. Resist the temptation to over-raise.
- Optimize the resources that are required for fund-raising (volunteer time and development costs).
Thank you in advance for the support you give to Bryant Elementary! Please contact our Fundraising Co-chairs Leeann Huntington and Sara Fenzl with any questions.