2022 Spring Gala and Auction
May 12, 2021 at 501 Union St.
The PS8 PTA needs your help with our biggest fundraiser of the year! Examples of past items parents have donated include tickets to sporting events, concerts and Broadway shows, career training from experts in their field, autographed books, summer or winter getaways, champagne, luxury goods and many other creative ideas! Gift certificates from your place of business are also wildly popular. Anything you are able to donate would be tax-deductible and we are happy to provide you with a receipt.
To donate, give online at https://2022auction.givesmart.com. Or if you’d like to send a digital gift certificate, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Physical items/gift certificates should be dropped off at room 106 at school (through the main entrance on the left before the security booth) or mailed to: PTA of PS 8, 37 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Alternatively, we can generate a gift certificate on our end with instructions for the winning bidder on how to redeem.
The PTA is an active and integral part of the PS 8 community. We work hard to provide our children with a well-rounded educational experience with enrichments and extra programming. Everything we do is made possible by volunteers and donations from our parents and greater neighborhood community.
We are working to achieve our annual PTA goals of funding the following:
- Staffing Positions. The PTA helps to support smaller class sizes.
- Enrichment Residencies. Our children have enjoyed chess, dance, Guggenheim and songwriting residencies this year. Help us continue to bring amazing arts and music programs to our school.
- Teaching Assistants. Teaching assistants help provide small group learning opportunities and increase individual attention for our kids and are a valued part of the teaching staff.
- KidsCre8 Scholarships. The PTA would like to continue to offer a free 10-week course to any child who needs financial assistance.
Did you know?
Many companies support causes that are important to their employees by matching their charitable contributions. Please check if your employer has a matching gift program – the impact of your gift to PS8 could be doubled or even tripled!
How do we raise funds? A large portion comes from direct donations, and the balance is generated through corporate matching gifts, our Kids Cre8 after school program, merchandise sales, revenue-sharing opportunities, and events that incur expenses and require thousands of volunteer hours.
What are the funds for? NYC public schools, including PS8, are underfunded. Only 90% of our school’s budget is financed by the Department of Education (DOE), and it’s up to us to bridge the gap. Our biggest expense is the check we write to the DOE for staffing positions. We also pay for enrichment residencies, equity and diversity workshops, daily recess assistance, and teacher empowerment (e.g., technology upgrades, grants for classroom supplies, and training), and the math curriculum used by all grades. A line item budget is available in the PTA office.
How much should I give? On average, we encourage families to give $2,000 per child. Give more if you can– and sponsor other families. Give less if you can’t– and contribute in other ways. We know families have different abilities to give and are grateful for all contributions.
If you have additional questions, please email email@example.com.