Fundraising

Each year, the RSPTO spends ~$100 per child on programs and services.  We suggest that Riverside families contribute annual dues of $30 per child, which, together with funds raised and donations, go directly to support your child’s learning experience through residencies, assemblies, classroom supplies and other programs.   The RSPTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible and may be eligible for corporate matching gifts.  
 
PTO dues and other donations can be made by check, payable to the Riverside PTO, and dropped in the lockbox located in the Riverside School front office.  
 
In addition to dues, the RSPTO generally raises funds through one or two major social events each year, as well as ongoing programs like McCaffrey's receipts, General Mills box tops and Target card purchases. Our two main fundraising events are a Party-board event in November and the Healthy Children, Healthy Planet garden fair in May.
 
We hope that you come and enjoy our social events, which are intended to build community, as well as help us raise money so we can continue to enrich the educational experience of our kids. 

Fundraising made easy!
 
Our school will receive up to 15% in referrals for all purchases made at Amazon.com by using this link.  
Shopping must originate through this link in order for our school to receive credit.

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0634308  

 
SAVE 5% AT TARGET: by using a Target REDcard -Register your Target REDCard at Target with Riverside's ID (73889), and we'll receive 1%!  

MCCAFFREY'S RECEIPTS:  Deposit your McCaffrey's receipts in the box outside of the nurse's office - the PTO gets 1% and earns about $1,000 each year. 
 

What your donations support:
 
The RSPTO’s budget is ~$30,000.  Significant costs include  ~ $10,00 for enrichment programs such as: 

 
A garden residency where students learn with a Garden Educator in our garden classrooms;
A drumming and movement residency for the first grades; and
McCarter Theater poetry/performance residencies for the second, third, fourth and fifth grades.
 
The RSPTO also paid ~$2,500 for all-school assemblies, including a Franklin Institute show for Science Week and the “Brain Show” for the end-of-year assembly.  RSPTO provides ~$1,200 in homework planners and folders for all Riverside students each year, ~$3000 for garden maintenance and ~$4000 on teacher support (i.e.class events, yearbook, choral and instrumental concerts, classroom technology, appreciation luncheons for staff, Grandpals and visiting artists).  
In addition, the RSPTO provided volunteers and financial support for: 
 
 After School Clubs; 
School picnics in fall and spring;
The pasta night and pancake breakfast;
 Holiday cookie plates for the staff;
 Scholastic book fairs with a free book for each Riverside child; and
 The 5th Grade Gettysburg trip and Moving On ceremony.

Passive fundraising is a great way to support the school because every family and community member can be involved without spending money.  We have implemented the following programs ( listed below) that you can participate in to help raise funds for our school. The money raised can make all the difference in the number and quality of our educational activities that all our students will enjoy.

We encourage all our families to participate in at least one of these fundraising programs.  Please consider making it a family effort by inviting family members and friends to participate as well.  Thank you for your support.  "Every Little Bit Helps."


 
At no cost to you, our school will receive up to 15% in referrals for all purchases made at 
Amazon.com by going this link provided.  Please don't forget -  to start shopping visit Amazon from the link added to our website.  Shopping must originate through this link in order for our school to receive credit. 

The best part is it all happens transparently from Amazon to the school with no extra charges - you continue to enjoy the same low price as always.


Take Charge of Education at Target! Register your Target REDCard at Target with Riverside's ID (73889) and we will receive 1% of all purchases (AND YOU GET A 5% DISCOUNT!!). 
 
 
McCaffrey's will donate 1% of purchases (excluding milk, cigarettes and tax) to Riverside! We earn approximately $1500 each year through this program. Drop receipts off in the box labeled McCaffrey receipts in the PTO Bulletin Center.
  
General Mills will give Riverside ten cents for each Box Tops logo we send them.  Each class competes for an ice cream party at the end of the year. Send box tops in with your child.
 

BoxTops for Education has started a new program which gives our PTO a percentage from on-line purchases. Participants include Kohl’s, Target, Sears, JCPenneys, WalMart, Best Buy, Staples, Children’s Place, and more. Go toboxtops4education and begin shopping!