Direct Appeal

All inquiries about fundraising at PS 261 – [email protected]


PS 261 is an exceptional place.

That’s not just because it’s where we send our children every day—but because PS 261 values diversity and understands that diversity improves education, builds tolerance and strengthens communities. New York City’s public schools are among the most segregated in the country. PS 261 is one of the very few exceptions. Our diversity, evident in our student population, the administration and our curriculum, is integrated into every aspect of the 261 educational experience.

It is something to be proud of, to celebrate, and to support.

This year the PTA will spend $500 per child.

We need your help in raising that money.

PS261 is an economically diverse school and every donation counts. We are asking that you consider giving what is a comfortable and appropriate amount for your family. It is easy to DONATE please go to You can make a onetime gift or set up a monthly donation (please note direct appeal when you donate). If you prefer to donate by check please use the attached form and include it with your donation. OUR Tax ID is 11-313-4458

Why is the Direct Appeal So Important?

Last year, our hard-working PTA raised $250,000.

Events like the Fall Wine Tasting and Spring Auction take months of time, energy, and effort on the part of dedicated PS 261 parents. Those funds are critical to supporting our school, but we can do more, much more.


For the 2016-17 school year the Direct Appeal was responsible for nearly 50% of our fundraising revenue.  Because of the money raised with the Direct Appeal we could bring in these valuable resources, that had a direct impact on our children:

  • Pay for the Deer Mountain Academy Recess Program which goes live this September
  • Hire Two assistant teachers in order to assist with the larger classroom populations
  • Center For Architecture Residency -2nd Grade
  • BIOBUS (In collaboration with the STEM Committee)
  • Engineering for Kids Robotics Residency for 2nd Grade
  • Technology Consulting to evaluate and repair technology in all classrooms


Where does my money go?

In addition to supporting our current programs, additional funding would support the following initiatives during the 2016-2017 school year:

Here is just a partial list of what your donation brings to the students of PS 261…

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music Class
  • Art Class
  • Physical Education
  • Librarian
  • Teacher Supplies
  • Arts Day
  • Math Night
  • After School Programming
  • 4th Grade American Ballet Residency
  • Audubon Society Assembly
  • School-wide Planetarium Assembly
  • STEM Monthly Activities
  • Art Residencies for K & 5th Grade
  • Classroom Air Conditioners
  • Lunch and Recess Counselors
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day
  • Auditorium Sound-System Upgrades
  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Science Fair
  • Dance Costumes
  • Chromebooks
  • Field Trips
  • School Website
  • Garden
  • Concerts and Talent Shows
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music Class
  • Art Class
  • Physical Education

How Much Should I Give?

Every single dollar counts towards bringing more resources to our

hardworking teachers, staff and to our children.

If your family is unable to give $450.00 per child we ask that you give in an amount that is comfortable for you. If your family is able to give more than $450.00 per child, we thank you!

Together we can make a real difference if every family gives what they can. Please also note that matching donations made by corporations can bring in a substantial amount of additional funding. To find out if your company matches contributions made to the PTA, contact your HR Department. They will be able to walk you through the process.  OUR Tax ID is 11-313-4458


For many of us, the journey to PS 261 began with countless conversations, hours of research, and tours through the halls of many Brooklyn schools. But our commitment can’t end here. The state of public school education in New York City leaves a sizeable gap between what a school like PS 261 needs to merely function and what it needs to help each student reach his or her full potential. With your support, PS 261’s PTA strives to close that gap, helping our children thrive together.

Thank you to every one of you for your continued support in an effort to make

PS261 an amazing place for all of us. Have a great year !!!!!!!!

Yours Truly,

Alyssa Becker

PTA Fundraising Chair

Direct Appeal Letter Download

OUR Tax ID is 11-313-4458