The Mason-Rice PTO wants to provide options for our families to help support our school and PTO initiatives. Donations of time, materials and financial support are all needed. We are thankful for the generous support from the parent and family community that enables the PTO to provide amazing academic and enrichment programs for our students.
The PTO’s annual operating budget is funded primarily by dues and fundraisers. Contributions to our Dues Campaign helps us reduce the number of fundraisers we need to run during the school year. To learn more about the Dues Campaign click here.
Beyond Dues, our major fundraisers are as follows:
Each January, the PTO hosts its annual online auction via the Bidding for Good website. The auction is the second largest of the five fundraisers we do each year. It enables us to to support a variety of enrichment programming that would otherwise be unaffordable, including field trips, author visits, multicultural programs, classroom supplies, and staff development.
Parents can help the auction in several ways:
- Be a Auction Team member: Help with project management, auction item entry, donation solicitation from local vendors, or other valuable roles.
- Donate an item or experiences such as a party, wine tasting, vacation house, kayak rental, gift cards, etc.
If you have an idea or can help, email our auction chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more.
Raffle Baskets is the third largest fundraiser for the PTO and the one most enjoyed by the kids!
Each classroom is asked to put together a basket of goodies based on a theme that is chosen by the teacher and the children in the classroom. Room parents coordinate parent donations of kid-friendly items costing between $5 and $10. When the baskets are completed, they are wrapped and displayed in the lobby for the children to see. Kids can then purchase raffle tickets for whatever basket(s) they want. There are also experiences donated by teachers, specialists, and the Front Office. At the end of the raffle basket period, winners for each basket/experience are selected by a random drawing of names from a hat.
Online shopping delivers over $5K to the Mason-Rice PTO each year. We encourage you to start every Amazon shopping trip by clicking through logo on masonrice.org. In addition, we encourage you to participate in the Box Tops for Education program, register for Stop &Shop Rewards if you are regular in store or Peapod customer, and take advantage of our biannual Tea School Days Promotion. Click here to learn more.
Our amazing fundraiser and community event, the Book Fair, takes place in November each year, transforming the Centre into a children’s bookstore. If is a great opportunity for our children to explore new books and a great way for parents to contribute to the PTO through volunteering and purchasing books. Click here to learn more.