To those of you who have already contributed so generously to the PS 9 PTO’s Direct Appeal, THANK YOU.  And to the members of our parent community who have yet to donate to the Direct Appeal, please be on the lookout for our communications in the coming days, weeks and months, as we do our best to make clear the tremendous impact your dollars can have at PS 9.  We hope we can count on your support.

We are pleased to report that 133 donations of varying amounts, averaging $405, have enabled us to raise just under $54K (including pledged contributions in the form of recurring donations) since the beginning of the school year.  This is a strong start to the campaign that puts us on track to deliver for our kids in the way they need.

Still, the job is far from done.  To date, we have raised only 36% of our fundraising target of $150K–a target we absolutely must hit in order to avoid cuts in what the PTO currently provides for all our kids.  Additionally, while every PS 9 class has been represented by parent contributions during the Direct Appeal, overall only 21% of school families have donated, and no individual grade has participated above the 25% level.  Very simply, we need to do better if we’re serious about guaranteeing for our kids the PS 9 experience they deserve.

WAYS TO GIVE

Checks made out to “PS 9 PTO” and cash may both be dropped into the PTO Box in the Main Office or given to any class parent or PTO Officer. Please include your name and email or postal mail contact information, and your child’s name / class section.

Checks may also be mailed to PS 9, at 80 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238.

ONLINE

If you donate online, we ask that you consider paying for the 3% credit card processing fee so that your full donation will benefit our school. Click the DONATE button on the homepage.

DIRECT APPEAL

This year, our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) aims to raise $150,000 through our Direct Appeal, our annual fundraising drive that kicks off today, and we need your help. Through this and other fundraising, our PTO directly funds schoolwide enrichment programs like Marquis Studios (musical theater/creative movement), Studio in a School (visual arts) and Playworks (movement/cooperative play), as well as essential classroom supplies and field trips for our more than 900 students.

One of our PTO’s highest priorities is increasing our support of OmniLearn, the innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)-based program currently improving the science proficiency of the children in our school community, and introducing them to the possibility of becoming engineers, chemists and computer scientists.

“There’s no question that OmniLearn prepares our students for middle school science,” says Principal D’Avilar.  “And our teachers love the hands-on science instruction training that each visit from an OmniLearn consultant provides!”

By augmenting our funding for OmniLearn, we can bring its impact to even more classrooms and allocate space in our science lab to the OmniLearn team. Imagine the benefit to all our kids by turning PS 9 into a true “STEAM building”!

Please remember, however, that we can only accomplish this and our many other goals with your generous support and valued participation.  Preserving the PS 9 we have, and shaping the PS 9 to which we aspire, rests in the hands of all of us—the members of this wonderfully diverse school community.  Last year, our PTO spent $193.68 per enrolled student, but we would like to be able to do still more.  So today, we ask that you join us by making a meaningful contribution to help support our school, at whatever level is right for you and your family.

Whether $10, $100, $1,000, or $10,000, your investment in our children makes a tremendous difference!

Please help us meet our goal of $150,000. No gift is too small—every contribution helps!

CORPORATE MATCHING

Google, Disney, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo are just a few companies who have supported PS 9 through their employee matching programs. If you don’t know whether your employer matches charitable donations, check out the list below, or ask your HR department. If your company offers matching grants and is not listed here, please contact us ptops9@gmail.com so we can update the list.

Here are some important details for making a corporate matching gift:

  • PS 9’s PTO is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax-exempt determination letter from the IRS can be downloaded or viewed here, and our federal tax ID is #27-0599632.

  • Please keep paper or electronic records and track your donation through your organization, and follow-up with the PTO Treasurer, Warren Coleman (wacamatic@gmail.com) or Greg Nofi (gregnofi@gmail.com).

Here is a list of companies with Corporate Matching Programs.

 

PTO Officers for 2017-18: Krystal Linton, Radhika Ramamurthy, Raul Rothblatt, Warren Coleman, Ashley Salmon-Wander, Sakura Amend, Jim Kerwin, Greg Nofi, Bree Soberanis, Carolyn Cryer, Candice Horton and Dave Lonegran.