Our school relies on donations and fundraising activities to help us achieve important goals like offering tuition assistance to families, upgrading our school facilities and purchasing classroom materials.
One of the annual events that parents, extended families, guides, staff and friends of our school look forward to most is our school auction. Managed by a parent-led auction team, members of the school community obtain donations of services, products and experiences for a combined silent and live auction. Auction attendees also have the chance to socialize and enjoy a wonderful catered dinner.
Funds from the auction go into our scholarship fund, which supports our tuition assistance program and allows us to attract the area’s top teachers and staff by offering discounted tuition for their children to attend our school. A special appeal at the auction also helps us afford special projects that improve our school. Last year’s auction, held in early November, raised over $40,000 for our scholarship fund and over $6,000 for our special appeal.
Each year we hold our Run for the Arts event. Children collect donations from neighbors, friends and families or ask them to pledge an amount for each lap run. Kids love the event, and the funds it raises allow us to purchase high-quality arts materials, offer rich arts-based experiences, hold family arts-nights and develop special arts projects and installations that the entire school enjoys. This year we raised almost $7,000 through this event.
In addition, we conduct smaller fundraising activities, including our annual Chinook Book and Scholastic book sales. These funds, much like the special appeal funds raised at the auction, enable us to upgrade and improve the school facilities and materials.
Frequently, we find that families in our school community, their relatives and school alumnae wish to donate directly to our school. These donations are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated by the school.