Dear fellow VHE families and friends,
The last few years, the Van Hise Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has sent a direct appeal for tax-deductible donations at the beginning of the school year instead of asking families to sell wrapping paper, chocolate, or other products to raise funds. This simple approach has been well-received by busy parents and families, and it has successfully raised needed funds that are quickly directed into Van Hise classrooms. During these fundraising efforts, the VHE staff and PTO are always amazed and humbled by the generosity of our VHE community.
Last year we were able to raise $10,200! With those funds, we provided $4,700 in teacher stipends (funds used to purchase items for classrooms), and awarded $6,600 in grant requests for iPads, literacy materials for VHE students, and art supplies, and we were able to fund our weekend food program to provide food to VHE families in need.
This year, with your help, we aim to raise $15,000 before October 16!
With your support this year, the PTO’s main goal is to continue delivering funds to each classroom teacher for materials, including reading and math materials for all learning levels. We also ask for your support to increase outdoor learning opportunities, install new water fountains, and purchase new speakers for the stage.
In addition, any funds raised beyond our annual goal will be used for to support two special opportunities at VHE. First, Van Hise is one of many Madison schools that will receive important facility upgrades thanks to the community’s support of the school referendum. With your support, we can enhance these upgrades with the materials, tools, and technology to create top-notch learning spaces. Second, VHE has kicked off an extensive planning effort to upgrade the playground area. You can expect to hear more about this exciting initiative in the coming months. It a wonderful opportunity to provide our students with a safe, fun, and inspiring play space – and we need your help to make it a success!
We need your support. We have an ambitious fundraising goal, but it works out to be a donation of just $35 per student. If your family is in a position to offer more, it would be very much appreciated. But please know that a donation of any size is welcome and no donation is too small.
Thank you for making our "We Love the Hedgehogs" campaign a success. A donation form and pre-addressed reply envelope are included for your convenience. You may mail your gift (checks made out to Van Hise Elementary PTO), drop it in the "We Love the Hedgehogs" box in the office or return it to your child's teacher in his/her take home folder. We want to get needed funds into classrooms as soon as possible, so please respond before our October 16 deadline - and remember, your donation is tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to another amazing year with your family at Van Hise!
Sincerely,Van Hise PTO
P.S. The VHE PTO is also able to receive donations online via Pay Pal at any time. Click here to donate online now. Each donation via Pay Pal costs us a small fee (2.2% of the donation total, plus $0.30). However, we know that this is a convenient option for many families. And please don't forget matching gifts! Many employers will match your charitable contributions. Please check with your human resources department to find out if your donation is eligible. It's free money for Van Hise!