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.
This year, with your support, we will fund:
- Learning Specialists
- Teaching Assistants
- Enrichment Residencies (Studio in a School, Marquis Studio, Chess NYC, Guggenheim Learning Through Art, and Brooklyn Music School)
- Partnership with Bank Street’s Center on Culture, Race & Equity
- Bridges in Mathematics
- Kids Orbit Recess Assistance
- Teacher Empowerment
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 $1,000 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.
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 donation could be doubled or even tripled!
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