What does the Council do and why are there so many fundraisers?
The Parent Council funds programs and activities that supplement the curriculum and provide students with rewarding experiences. The money for these programs comes from our fundraising initiatives and events and our online shopping partnerships.
With your help, we fund, purchase or subsidize:
- field trips
- Scientists in School
- visiting authors
- Uschool (ukelele)
- books for the Forest of Reading program and our anti-racism library collection
- Grade 6 graduation festivities and yearbooks
- school-wide lice checks
- performing arts programs
We maintain the Learning Garden and incorporate environmental education into our curriculum. And, we work within our community and area schools to provide inclusive learning opportunities through events, forums, and speaking engagements. Finally, we try and communicate it all via our website and weekly newsletter.
Since late 2019, we’ve been unable to run most of our fundraisers because of COVID and earlier labour negotiations. This has greatly impacted our financial position and our ability to afford next year’s programming. Luckily, our savings have carried us this far, but we’re effectively starting from zero going forward. To make next year’s programs possible, we’re fundraising through initiatives like the Wilkinson Cookbook, silent auction, rain barrel sales, and Wilky Move & Groove.
Look out for information about these and other initiatives over the next few weeks and please consider contributing if and where you can. Donations to the Move & Groove are eligible for tax receipts. More information is available here.