The PTO annually raises roughly $90,000 which works out to about $125 per student. Roughly $30,000 has traditionally been raised through a phonathon, but this year we will be funding without phoning. We are getting ready to kick off our annual appeal for The Lawrence Legacy Fund and we’re getting an incredibly generous head start from a group of anonymous donors. Donations made between Monday, October 22 and Thursday, November 1 will be matched by $25 (matching gifts will not exceed $7,500).

FY ‘18-’19 Budget Highlights

  • 95% of your donation will go directly towards enriching the Lawrence student experience
  • 77% of funds support student enrichment and community building, including:
    • 8th grade graduation and special Lawrence traditions such as Farm School and Hatching Chicks
    • Transportation for field trips in every grade
    • New additions to the Library’s collections and author visits
    • Presentation of outstanding Performing and Visual Arts programs
    • Community-building events like Family Fun Night and International Night
    • Allocations for supplies and equipment for every classroom
    • Scholarships for all school- and PTO-sponsored activities
  • 18% of funds underwrite instructional innovation throughout the school, such as:
    • Grants for teacher-led projects across subjects and grades
    • Educator trip to Japan (SET-J)
    • Staff appreciation luncheons and events
  • Less than 5% of the overall budget goes towards PTO expenses like the website, printing, etc.
  • 36% of the annual PTO budget is funded by donations (on top of fundraising events, sponsorships, etc.) Your generosity enables the PTO to fund more than $122 of enrichment per student annually – your support counts!
$2,000 Sponsor Farm School for the 7th grade or one season of after-school intramural sports
$1,500Sponsor a visual arts/performing arts program or a visit by an award-winning author
$1,000Sponsor field trip buses for an entire grade
$750Sponsor a Barn Babies visit for the kindergarten or provide a year’s worth of need-based scholarships for school events
$500Sponsor a grant for software-based science curriculum, or set up a new teacher with classroom supplies, or fund the student play
$250In honor of my student and another deserving student
$125In honor of my student
$100Sponsor a purchase of plants for the school garden or one month of maintaining the lobby fish tank
$50Sponsor sensory equipment like therapy balls and other materials to help increase focus and attention
$25Sponsor materials for the Math Resource Center including iPad applications to enhance teaching across curriculum in all grade levels

FY’18-’19 Budget Summary

Enrichment Benefit Total$84K95%
Student Enrichment: Field trips, graduation, classroom supplies, library and arts enrichment, and community building$68K77%
Instructional Innovation and Support: Educator grants and initiatives like sending an educator to Japan (SET-J)$16K18%
PTO Expenses (website, printing, etc.)$4K5%
Total FY ’18-’19 Budget$88K100%

Lawrence PTO ’18-’19 Budget Summary

18-’19 Projected Fundraising

A detailed budget is available at every PTO meeting.

Other ways to donate:

Checks are always appreciated, but sports and concert tickets, gift cards, or services that we can add to a raffle or auction are also a great source of income for the PTO. We encourage you to get creative!

Please send your check, made out to the Lawrence School PTO, to 27 Francis St., Brookline, MA, 02446 or donate online through Paypal (see link below). The Lawrence PTO is an exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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