Monument Academy received a record number of sponsors for its third-annual Read-a-thon program, but is still seeking sponsors for the February Walk-a-thon.
Monument Academy’s nonprofit Parent Teacher Organization manages three annual fundraisers; the Read-a-thon for elementary students, a Walk-a-thon for middle school students and Eat Your Art Out, a fine arts showcase featuring music, art, silent auction and local restaurant cuisine. All three are designed to augment school funding gaps.
“We receive the lowest level of per-pupil funding of any school in the state,” said Julie Galusky, Monument Academy PTO president. “We have to find ways to ensure our children and teachers have the resources they need.”
Last year’s Read-a-thon netted more than $25,000 and funded 12 grants to support students and teachers. This year’s money is earmarked for educational needs to include software, curricula support materials and other classroom items. More than 800 people attended Eat Your Art Out last April and raised $10,000 for the Fine Arts Department to purchase new sound equipment to support choir and band performances.
“More than $30,000 in teacher grant requests have been submitted for critical items this year that our school’s budget just can’t cover,” Galusky said. “While we received tremendous sponsor support for this year’s Read-a-thon, we’re still 50 percent short of our overall goal.”
State funding for Monument Academy has dropped by nearly $1,000 per student in the past three years, making fundraising even more important.
“One hundred percent of the funds go directly to school programs,” said Galusky. “Sponsorship can be given at any amount, but a company’s logo will be placed on all event-related signs, banners and T-shirts for those who donate $100 or more.”
Sponsors can also donate goods and services that support the event expenses.
“These events are a great way for our sponsors’ advertising to be seen by more than 600 Monument Academy families and across the Tri-Lakes community,” said Galusky.
Sponsors can contact Julie Galusky at email@example.com through January for more information or to help sponsor the upcoming Walk-a-thon. All donations are tax-deductible.