When Fletcher started kindergarten, I expected PTA to be a whirlwind of bake sales and class parties, but it turns out that was pretty naive of me. These days PTA, at least at our school, is all about money. Big money for big projects. And I get that. Last year our school needed digital projectors and smart boards for all the classrooms, and PTA raised $12,000 to purchase that technology.
And I am very proud of that.
This year we are raising money to buy new books for the school library, but we are trying to do it without selling anything. Our first fundraiser this year was the PAWrade, an amazing pet costume parade begun last year by our business partners, TailsSpin, a local pet supply store. TailsSpin graciously donated half of the money they raised from last year’s event to our elementary school (and the other half to local pet rescue agencies) so this year we decided PTA needed to get involved and help out in the form of a good, old-fashioned carnival!
The planning was exhausting, the day was long, and when all was said and done every inch of my body hurt from the strain of it. BUT, it was totally worth it. Tons of people came and every single one of them had a smile on their face. Plus, we managed to raise a good bit of money for library books in the process!