Ben Franklin’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is an integral part of Ben Franklin Academy. Since it began serving BFA, the PTO has raised funds to provide all sorts of items needed by the school, including playground equipment, library books, a climbing wall, an outdoor classroom, and the MakerSpace as well as tools and resources needed by the teachers, staff and administration.
The objectives of the PTO are to serve as a volunteer resource for the school, build strong school spirit, provide our school with great social events and seek resources (materials, funds, and services) that help foster our school community. We are planning some fun events and fundraisers to benefit our school and bring together the entire BFA Community. For the 2018-2019 school year, these events include:
- Ben Franklin’s birthday celebration
- Ben’s Brigade facility work days
- Box top collections
- Elementary holiday parties (Halloween, Winter holiday, and Valentine’s)
- Field day
- FUN RUN
- Harvest Festival
- Mom’s and Dad’s Nights Out
- Rent the rock – BFA Rocks!
- Restaurant and spirit nights
- SCRIP gift card program for staff holiday and end of year gifting
- Spirit wear sales at registration, Fall parent-teacher conferences, and through our online store
- Sweetheart Ball (formerly known as the Father-Daughter Event)
- Spring Social (formerly known as the Mother-Son Event)
- Teacher and staff appreciation
- Uniform buyback sale
- Virtues awareness
- Volunteer recognition
PTO Volunteer Opportunities
The PTO consists of a board of seven voting officers as well as approximately thirty named committee managers and chairs. However, to successfully run all our programs, we cannot do it without your help. We welcome your input, time, and/or talents to help make Ben Franklin Academy incredible and the best place for our children to grow and learn. If you have questions about the PTO’s programs or would like to get involved, please contact a PTO Officer or Committee Chair for more information: 2018-2019 PTO Contact list. Whether you’re looking to get a little or a lot involved, we’ve got a role for you!
PTO Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanders Science Lab. Attendance at meetings is eligible to count toward your family’s volunteer hours. Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend! All open comments must be submitted to the PTO Secretary prior to the meeting.
Please click here to view our current vote list.
FUNdraising at BFA
BFA participates in a variety of programs that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars crucial to the growth and support of programs that enrich the lives of students and parents alike. To get an overall idea of the various fundraising efforts at BFA, please view our summary of our PTO Fundraising Programs.
Shop With Scrip
Beginning in December 2017, BFA began using SCRIP for holiday and end of year staff gifting. In December 2018, our SCRIP program went online and has been successful in collecting for staff gifts. The SCRIP program allows families to make one payment for all staff gifts. Staff are then notified of their total gift from the BFA community and can select and order gift cards of their choice up to the amount of the total gift. Because the gift cards are purchased in bulk, BFA receives money back in the form of a rebate.
AmazonSmile is an easy way to support BFA while shopping online using your Amazon account. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. The difference is the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to BFA.
You can find out more information about the AmazonSmile program including how to link your Amazon account to BFA at http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Don’t Forget the Tyson Labels
BFA participates in the Tyson Project A+™ program, a fund-raising program sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. Through this program, we can raise up to 12,000 dollars for our school every year! The money can go towards supplies, building improvements, school programs, or anything else we choose. It’s an easy way to raise much needed funds by sending Tyson Project A+ labels from products you probably already buy.
Here’s how it works: Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+ labels from participating Tyson® product packages and send them to school with your Box Tops. We’ll collect the labels and send them to Tyson Foods and Tyson Foods will send our school a check. Each label is worth 24¢! It’s such an easy way to raise funds for our school!
Safeway and King Soopers Cards
Keep Loading up Your Cards!
Got an idea for a fundraiser to benefit Ben Franklin? We’d love to hear it! Please contact the PTO’s Fundraising Coordinator via email with your idea. All school fundraisers must be approved first by the PTO Board and then by BFA’s Fundraising Committee which is made up of PTO Officers, Board of Directors, and Administration representatives. The Fundraising Committee meets once a month to discuss new and existing programs. Click here to fill out a Fundraising Request Form.
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2019 Sweetheart Ball
January 24th, 2019
Help support the 8th Grade Washington, DC, Fundraising Team with their Valentines and birthday bag fundraisers. Please see the attached flyer for more information.[...]
January 15th, 2019
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