Direct Appeal

For PTA fundraising-related questions, please contact co-chairs Christine Egan, Ashley Hammarth, or Anne Reddy at [email protected].


At PS 261, 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. We need your help to bridge that gap.

The success of our fundraising efforts encourages our PTA to move forward with confidence in sustaining our existing programs, and it also allows us to dream ambitiously.

Our top priorities for the 2021-22 school year are salaries for Hillary, our part-time garden educator, a part-time librarian, our lunch and recess counselors, and a school supply fund for all teachers and specialists (these four items account for more than 50% of our budget). Although these are our most significant expenses, other substantial expenditures would not be possible without your generosity.

Your contributions will pay for all of the following:

  • Our part-time garden educator and garden supplies
  • Our lunch and recess counselors
  • A part-time librarian
  • A school supply fund for teachers and specialists
  • An in-person dance/movement residency
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Fall Fest
  • MLK, Jr. Day of Service
  • Classroom air conditioners
  • Recess equipment
  • 5th grade puberty workshop
  • Tables for increased outdoor seating at lunch
  • And much more!

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.

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