Why does a public school need to fundraise? State and City budgets are based on meeting the minimal fundamental needs of our students. Our PA funds a number of critical educational components, including substitute teachers, professional development, supplies, and furniture, as well as many of the enrichment programs that benefit our children. Chess, health and wellness programs, ballroom dancing, recess coaches, and assemblies are only a few of the many things that exist at PS 87 largely because of the PA.
The PA uses a variety of methods to raise funds to support all of our programs at PS 87. The two single largest sources of funds are the Auction and the Annual Fund, which together are budgeted to account for roughly 80% of our annual fundraising efforts. The remaining funding come from events such as Harvest Festival, Spring Fair, Wellness events, Book Fairs, community events, affiliate programs, and online merchandise drives.
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