St Michael’s Aldbourne PTA
Every parent or carer of children at St Michael’s is a member of the St Michael’s Aldbourne PTA. There is an executive committee (like trustees) of 7 who are responsible for making it legal (as it is a charity) but the more people who would like to be involved the better in every respect – be it baking, helping make events work, coffee mornings or idea generation for fundraising!
We recently changed our name from Friends of St Michael’s School to St Michael’s Aldbourne PTA.
What are we raising money for?
Despite government and Church of England funding there will always be a financial shortfall and if our children are to get the education they deserve then we are going to need to help raise money. The school will always have outgoings that need extra funds and this is where the fundraising comes in.
This fundraising has been spent on building works, coaches to theatre trips, chocolate eggs, ice lollies and hot chocolate at events for the children as well as amazing new reading books and iPads for the classrooms. Everything should help towards our children learning and enjoying their school experience as much as possible.
If you would like to be involved in any of these events, buy a ticket or have some wonderful fundraising ideas of your own then please email email@example.com or better still come along to the next meeting or come to any of the coffee mornings to find out more.
The PTA Appeal is still open…
Back in June we launched the PTA Appeal to raise much needed funds for the school and the new forest school building.
We’ve had an amazing response and raised over £7,000 in just a few months. Thank you to everyone that has made a donation so far.
These really are unprecedented times
The school staff have been busy providing home learning to those still at home and adapting the school to offer the best experience possible to those who have been able to return.
This has led to unforeseen costs at a time when the PTA has been unable to fundraise in the usual way. Our annual fun run and summer fair were cancelled as well as popcorn clubs, a quiz, school discos and coffee mornings.
In short – We need your help!
St Michael’s has been running out of space for a while now as pupil numbers have risen steadily over the past few years. This squeeze on space now becomes an even more pressing issue as we prepare for a ‘new normal’ school environment.
So why do we need your help?
- We would dearly love to purchase/build a new outdoor learning space which would provide an extra learning environment and a vital increase in weather-proof learning space
- Any improvements we are able to make to our Forest School environment would enhance learning and enable us to spend more time outdoors
We realise that this is an uncertain time for many people and that financial concerns may make it impossible to contribute at this time. But for those of you who are willing and able to help please visit our fundraising page to find out how you can donate and fundraise.
You can donate to the appeal on our Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/StMichaelsAldbournePTAappeal
What’s the next event?
We’re hoping to start running events again very soon, in line with the Government guidelines.
In the meantime, if you have a fundraising or event idea, please speak to one of the committee or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your employer offer match funding? Do you work for Nationwide? Vodafone?
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the Match Funding scheme and how a little bit of your time could raise double the funds.
If you work for an organisation that has a match funding policy, any money you raise could be matched by your employer. Companies may match the fundraising total for an event, or for the stall that their employee is working on. Usually, the employee will need to supply them with a letter from the PTA detailing the date and nature of the event, together with the total raised.
We understand that the high street banks, building societies, supermarkets and large corporations are likely to do match funding. We’ve put together a list of some of the companies that ran schemes in 2017 here. But these schemes are not exclusive to the major corporate giants. If you work for an independent company, they may be interested in charitable giving through match funding too.
We would be grateful if you could see if your employer has a match funding scheme, or if they are willing to match fund any of our events. If you can’t help out this time, but you know the company you work for has a match funding policy, please let us know. This could be a really large source of income for the Friends and help us raise money for our school.
If you are able to help us this way, please let us know and we can discuss your companies’ requirements.
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