Where the Money Goes
In the ten years North Bay Elementary has existed, PTO (formerly PTA) has contributed over $350,000 to North Bay Elementary. The money has supported various student programs (like AR prizes, perfect attendance awards); social events (e.g. North Bay Night Out, Grandparent's Breakfast, teacher appreciation luncheons), as well as capital improvement and educational items where tax dollars were lacking (computers, Promethium Boards, play equipment etc.).
Where the Money Goes
For the past three years, North Bay PTO has implemented a Teacher Grant program. Our talented teachers sometimes have needs and great ideas that can't be funded through the district - this is where we help out. Our grants have funded aquariums, ipads, board games, science manipulatives, classroom PA systems, and list goes on and on.
New this year! The PTO wanted to treat our teachers to a little free fitness and fun! On Mondays and Tuesday, all staff have access to a FREE Zumba and Yoga class.
Limits on Fundraising
Biloxi Public Schools limit fundraising to two "fundraisers" per year per school- these are fundraisers in the traditional sense- students take orders for a product, the sponsor retains a portion. At North Bay, PTO sponsors the fall fundraiser and the school sponsors the spring fundraiser- the proceeds are retained respectively. Because of these limitations and the monetary need exceeding what one fundraiser typically generates, PTO coordinates a number of various additional money-raising efforts.
Show Your Spirit- Grow Our Playground
Through-out the school year parents, family and friends can purchase items from our spirit store (like t-shirts and lots of new items that are coming) with proceeds benefiting PTO causes. As well, North Bay PTO has registered for many corporate giving/matching programs. These are a GREAT way for everyone to support the effort without spending extra money. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these opportunities and ensure that you are doing your part in participating as well as recruiting family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to help in the effort.
The PTO team of volunteers will be doing their best to keep you informed of our progress. Incentives have been incorporated for some of the programs, like BoxTops, to motivate the students to be involved and help parents remember. We are always looking for new opportunities and ways to keep parents energized and committed to progress. If you have ideas, please email one of the board members and your inquiry will be addressed and answered.
BoxTops $20,000 goal
It's as simple as 1,2,3.
1. Purchase products with the BoxTop logo coupon (click for complete list)
2. Clip the coupon and save. (click to download fun collection sheets)
3. Turn in to child's class.
Turn in valid BoxTops as frequent as you like, classrooms totals will be tallied the last Friday of the month and the top 3 will classrooms will earn and treat for that month. You can even save on BoxTop products just click here for valuable coupons every month. Remember 8 per week per student is $20,000 for North Bay!!! See North Bay's progress here.
Having trouble getting 8 per week?
Recruit family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to help. Print out this flyer on a #10 envelope- complete the blanks, distribute and pick-up each month. It's that easy- involve your child in the process.