Direct Appeal

For all fundraising, questions contact Kim Haden at [email protected]


At PS 261, we believe that every single student deserves an engaging and stimulating educational experience. Here’s the thing, though: offering anything that goes beyond the basics, costs money. The NYC Department of Education allocates to each public school a set amount of funds, but it is simply not enough to give our children what our teachers, administration, and parents believe they deserve.  We need your help to bridge that gap.

The success of our fundraising efforts encourages our administration and PTA to move forward with confidence in sustaining our existing programs; but equally important, it allows us to dream ambitiously.  What other resources could we bring to enrich and support our children’s education?

Our top priorities for the 2019-20 school year are the salaries of our Part-Time Librarian, our Lunch/Recess Counselors and a School Supply Fund for all teachers and specialists (these 3 items account for nearly 50% of our budget).  Although these are our largest expenses, there are other substantial expenditures that would not be possible without your generosity.

Your contributions pay for all of the following and more…

  • A Part-Time Librarian
  • Lunch and Recess Counselors
  • School Supply Fund for Teachers and Specialists
  • Arts Week
  • MLK Day of Service
  • Classroom Author Visits
  • Maker Night
  • Math Night
  • Fall Family Fun Day
  • Super STEM Saturdays
  • Garden Program Supplies
  • Classroom Air Conditioners
  • Recess sports equipment
  • Music Room Supplies
  • School Newsletter and Website

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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