It’s Direct Give Time!

The Direct Giving Campaign starts tomorrow, Friday March 16th!

For those new to Laurelhurst, the Direct Give is a simple, straightforward fundraising drive for our community to support our school.

The Laurelhurst PTA is essential to delivering high-quality education and enrichment experience at Laurelhurst. Unfortunately, public funding does not meet all the needs of our school.

Just this week, the PTA was asked to fund an even larger portion of critically needed support staff at the school for 2018-2019. Due to changes in the state’s funding models, Laurelhurst will be receiving significantly less funding for our Reading Specialist, Ellen Reid, next year. The Reading Specialist impacts ALL students at Laurelhurst by working with students needing additional reading support, by training and mentoring tutors, by helping teachers tailor reading instruction and by leading the Bear Block small group reading program for all our 3rd and 4th graders. This position was ranked as the highest priority in the PTA survey of parents as well as among the teachers. To preserve our Reading Specialist position and keep the other highly valued PTA funded programs, we are reaching out to our generous parent community to support the PTA. Therefore, we are stretching our Direct Give goal to $51,000, which is approximately $150/student.

The Laurelhurst PTA invested $940/student in 2017-2018 funding teaching and support staff, arts and music instruction, tutors, classroom materials and much more. Donations can also be made on a recurring basis when made online – in fact giving at $80/month will fund one student’s expenses for the year! We understand that not all families can give that amount, so whether you can give $20 or $2,000, every dollar is appreciated and very much needed! These funds allow the PTA to support a uniquely enriched education for Laurelhurst students. 100% of EVERY DOLLAR donated will directly fund programs such as:

– Extra Science & Technology curriculum
– Musical instruction
– Art docents & instruction
– Math tutors
– Reading specialists
– School Counselor

Your donation is 100% tax deductible! Please give now by donating online @ or return a check in the red envelope that came home in your child’s folder.

Please join us tomorrow on the North Playground after school, drop off your envelope and get a treat at our bake sale!


Bear Ellis, Jacque Klug, Sabina Shapiro & Amy Wilson
Direct Give Campaign Chairs
[email protected]