To The Daily Sun,
Dwindling interest, lack of parent involvement, insufficient resources. Is this the way we want to describe our community and schools? Of course not! Yet, without your help, Gilford PTA faces these very struggles.
Did you know that we used to hand out nearly$7,500 in scholarships? That number has dwindled, because of a lack of funds, to often less than $2,000 annually. Did you know that our enrollment used to number well over 100 members, and now we are down to 40-70 members annually? Did you also know that a few years back we almost had to shut down the PTA for lack of interest and resources?
The good news is that this PTA can and will be revived with your help! And it only takes two steps:
First, if you are not a member of the Gilford District PTA yet, join us! It only costs $10 but those membership dollars are imperative to our programming. Dues support our scholarships for graduating seniors, summer camp opportunities for young children, the National Reflection Program, the district-wide spring poetry contest, the One School, One Book Event, supplemental technology equipment, literature for classrooms, and more! The organization, quite simply, can't work without members.
Second, please visit our Online Scholarship Fund Drive which runs from April 10 through April 15 at www.BiddingOwl.com/GilfordDistrictPTA. We have worked extremely hard to make this fundraiser accessible for all. Your generosity will help us provide much deserved support to the students in our community. The funds from this auction will help us fulfill the requests of 60-80 students looking to attend the school's summer program and to help our graduating seniors get that much closer to achieving their dreams. There are gifts and goodies for all tastes and budgets. Your generous contribution will go directly towards students in our community.
Involved, generous, inclusive. That is how we want our school and community to be described. Your contribution and involvement can get us there!
Virginia Johnson, Chair
Gilford District PTA Fundraiser
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