Fundraising at Eastover

Eastover Elementary was built in 1935 and even with additions and upgrades, it has maintained a wonderful “schoolhouse” feel. That feeling and atmosphere are due in part to the contributions that Eastover families and friends make to the school. Parents, students and faculty contribute time and resources to ensure our school is nurturing, academically exciting, and fun.

This overview is intended to provide you with additional information and context around the opportunities you have to contribute financial resources to Eastover. We hope this information gives you a better sense of how all of the campaigns and events work together.

The PTA executes two major fundraisers per year, Invest In Your Child and Boosterthon. As a parent, if you decide to participate in only one fundraiser per year, we ask that you support the INVEST IN YOUR CHILD campaign.
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The PTA Budget
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Budget covers facility and staff expenses. Additionally, funding is provided to each school based on the number of students. Eastover receives from CMS approximately $56 per child for all instructional and non-instructional supplies. Those funds provided by CMS make up only a small fraction of what is needed to continue our high standard of education at Eastover.

The function of the PTA budget is to supplement this CMS funding to ensure hands-on learning programs and academic experiences, as well as the latest technology and teaching tools. Without the PTA's additional funding, there would be no iPad Carts, Chromebook carts, smart board technology, chess, enhanced classroom supplies and books, teacher training, cultural arts and STEM programming. Even items as small as batteries, paper, agendas, printer cartridges and health room supplies are all made possible by PTA budget.

The PTA budget is broken into two funds: Operating and Dedicated. The Operating Fund provides for general operating expenses and PTA-sponsored events. The Dedicated Fund provides for classroom and curriculum needs not covered by CMS.


Dedicated Fund
The Dedicated Fund provides for classroom and curriculum needs not covered by CMS. The majority of the Invest In Your Child campaign funds these expenses. Boosterthon may also fund these needs. Additional funding comes from Book Fairs, Art by Me, and Field Day T-Shirt Sales. Expense Examples include:
  • Classroom supplies (by grade level))
  • Chess for 1st & 2nd grades
  • Literacy Facilitator supplies
  • Cultural Arts & STEM Programming
  • Media Center, Art, Music & PE Supplies
  • Technology Supplies (iPad Carts, Chromebook Carts, Smartboards Laptops, etc,plus all upkeep/repairs)
  • Staff Development & Training
  • Spanish for all grades
  • Playground Enhancements

Operating Fund
The Operating Fund provides for general operating expenses and PTA-sponsored events. A small percentage of the Invest In Your Child campaign may support the Operating Fund. Boosterthon may also fund these needs. Additional funding comes from Directory & Yearbook Advertising, Retail Refunds & Spirit Nights (ex. Harris Teeter/Chick-fil-A) and PTA Membership Dues. Expense Examples include:
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Copiers (including paper, toner, maintenance, repairs),
  • Insurance
  • Prospective Parents Events
  • Health Room supplies
  • Special Events (Fall Fun Day, Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Bowling, etc.),
  • Staff Appreciation

There is a third fund for the 5th grade trip that you will hear about throughout the year. However, this fund is its own separate entity and completely separate from the PTA budget. There is also a Jump Rope for Heart event that occurs each year in your child's PE class. That event is a school-sponsored, rather than a PTA, event and 100% of those funds go directly to the American Heart Association.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Fundraising Chairs:
Invest in Your Child: Lindsay Jones, Meredith Sorrell
Boosterthon: Natasha Scrivener


More about Primary Fundraisers

Invest in Your Child (September-October)
Invest in Your Child is Eastover's direct giving campaign that allows family and friends to contribute at any level.
Goals:
  • Invest allows parents to focus on “Time contributions” rather than selling products (EG: wrapping paper, cookie dough, entertainment books)
  • All donations are utilized for programs to benefit your child during the CURRENT school year. Parents will see first-hand how our Invest in your Child fund is benefitting our school. Parents may view detailed reports on monthly spending in our Eastover Express and by looking at the PTA yearly budget on our Eastover website.
  • We strive to meet our goal early in the school year. The most valuable PTA asset is our members. By making a simple contribution to help us meet our goal early in the school year, we can then focus our PTA efforts on programs that enhance the school experience for our children.
  • The capital campaign is designed to take donations at any level so that we can reach 100% participation.

Boosterthon (April)
Boosterthon is a nine day character education and fitness program that culminates with an on campus fun run. Proceeds will supplement both the PTA's Dedicated and Operating budgets, depending on need. Boosterthon is a nationwide program where we share our profits with them. Eastover profits 54% from the donations. Boosterthon provides the entire service for us, while paying for the entire cost out of their percentage (approximately $15,000-$20,000 and 300-400 man hours of work).
Goals:
  • Boosterthon promotes fitness, leadership and character through a fun-filled experience for all children.
  • The second goal is to diversify our school sponsorship. Fundraising is designed so that sponsorship comes from sources outside of parents. Donations will stem primarily from friends, businesses, relatives. As a parent, if you decide to participate in only one fundraiser per year, we ask that you support the Invest in Your Child campaign.

Matching Gifts

Want to double the power of your gift to Eastover? Many companies will match charitable contributions their employees give to schools thereby doubling the impact of your donation. Please be sure to select "Eastover Elementary PTA" as the matching gift recipient when submitting a matching request and notify PTA Fundraising Chair Lindsay Jones at lindsayhawfieldjones@gmail.com.

You may also direct your Unitied Way contribution to Eastover Elementary School. In doing so, please contact PTA Fundraising Chair Lindsay Jones, lindsayhawfieldjones@gmail.com, and indicate your are giving via the United Way. These contributions may be eligible for a matching program as well.


Fundraising Frequently Asked Questions
Printable form of Eastover Fundraising 101