The PS 56 PTA raised $20,000 last year, and hopes to raise $33,000 in the 2022 -2023 school year as part of our annual appeal campaign to support our community of leaders and learners!
This year, let’s raise $33,625 to:
At PS56, we believe that every student deserves a robust and stimulating educational experience. But here’s the thing: Offering anything that goes beyond the basics costs money. The NYC Department of Education allocates funds to each public school based on enrollment, but it’s simply not enough to give our children what our teachers, administrators, and parents know they deserve. Even more pressing are the budget cuts that will impact our upcoming school year. We need your help to bridge the gap left by the DOE for providing music and art enrichment residencies earlier in the year for every classroom, daily recess assistance, teacher classroom supplies, field trips, and free after school chess and Spanish among other things.
Our music program Little Orchestra costs $15,000 (on top of a $25,000 grant Principal Grande has already applied for!): https://www.littleorchestra.org/programs
Our art program Studio in a School costs $23,625: https://studioinaschool.org/about/
Wellness in the Schools costs $10,000: https://www.wellnessintheschools.org/program/coach-for-kids/about/
The DOE does NOT cover all of these costs and they do NOT release final school funds until halfway through the fall semester
The DOE is facing massive budget cuts for the upcoming school year: https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2022/6/10/23163161/nyc-budget-school-funding-cuts-declining-enrollment-adams#:~:text=New%20York%20City%20lawmakers%20reached,were%20still%20unavailable%20Friday%20evening.
Our end of year fundraising efforts led to $15,000 being flagged for enrichment programs designated by Principal Grande starting in September! This leaves $33,625 to fill the remaining gap for our art, music, and wellness programs that are in jeopardy from the budget cuts
PS 56 PTA is a 501(c)(3) Tax-deductible Charity! All contributions are tax deductible.
Our Tax I.D. Number is: 83- 0859028
Ways to Donate
Donate by Cash or Check
Print and fill out the PS 56 Donation Form and submit your payment in an envelope marked “PS 56 PTA Annual Appeal.” Return via student backpack or drop it in our PTA mailbox at the main office.
Wondering How Much To Give?
We know families have different abilities to give and are grateful for all contributions. Give more if you can and sponsor other families, give less if you can’t and contribute in other ways. Every dollar counts. Any amount adds up to something bigger for our kids. Can you give $560 now as your contribution for the year? Can you give $56 as a monthly contribution? Can you give $5.60 as a monthly contribution?
Check to see if your employer offers a matching gift program.
Your contribution could be easily doubled or more!
Contact Fundraising@PS56K.org if you have fundraising ideas or need guidance.