Support Our School 2017-03-25T01:43:06+00:00

PTSA Fundraising at Ballard High School

Ballard High School PTSA stands out due to the level of support of our Mission Statement. The money we raise is targeted to general usage for things like fulfillment of teacher grant requests- see the list below; for ongoing programs, such as the Ballard High School Foundation Graduation Assistance Impacting the Needs of Students (GAINS) program and Scholarships; general assistance for students in need; and The PTSA also gladly supports other Ballard High School booster organizations by paying for emails and auction software, and other support tools. Information about other BHS fundraising can be found at this link.

We direct funds both in ways that have wide impact, such as designing our grant guidelines to put priority on those requests that impact the greatest number of students; as well as more targeted impact, where a percentage of money is devoted to where there is not as wide an impact, but instead focused on where they may be more need- good examples being Bucky’s Home For The Holidays and scholarships. We welcome your feedback, and your participation in the process. Let us know how you feel!

Over the 2015-2016 school year your PTSA raised about $140,000, mostly through these means:

More about how your donations are used

We put your donated dollars to very good use!

Ballard High School PTSA stands out due to the level of support of our Mission Statement. The money we raise is targeted to general usage for things like fulfillment Teacher Grant Requests- see the list below; for ongoing programs, such as the Ballard High School Foundation Graduation Assistance Impacting the Needs of Students (GAINS) program; and The PTSA also gladly supports other Ballard High School organizations by paying for emails and auction software, other support tools, and other items.

Wide Impact: This year, your PTSA was honored to provide $88,000 in teacher grants. A few examples of how your donations support the already academic rich learning environments at Ballard High School are as follows:

  • Fulfilled requests for classroom supplies to World Language, History/Social Studies, Science, and Proyecto Saber departments
  • Gave Joe Schmidt a SMART Board that benefits and enhances class for all Math students
  • Completed a set of new Health textbooks for Tami Reese. Health was using 20+ year old books!
  • Funded an entire collect (1o sets of 33) of classroom text “They Say / I say: Moves that Matter in Academic Writing” for the English/Language Arts department
  • Provide a portable sound system to the Music department to accompany students at various touring venue
  • Funded an additional phase of revamping lighting in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center with remote controlled LED lighting, obviating the need for students to be climbing ladders to control lights, and modernizing the department with equipment that is up to date and relevant
  • Proyecto Saber: provided money for Parent Night Spanish outreach, multi cultural club Union Latina Retreat, Field Trip Bus to El Centro, supplies for Dia de los Muertos Altar, and $200 for attendance fees for 4 students to attend CASHE Conference at WSU
  • Doubled up on requests from Special Education benefitting 200 special needs students at BHS, allowing for the purchase of Full Executive
  • Function Curriculum SMARTS Full Access Licenses and Teacher Licenses, and “Essentials for Algebra”
  • Granted materials to support a multi-week pinhole photography project in Physics and Astronomy classes- a proven unit for years in these classes

Targeted Impact: For the 2016-2017, the Ballard High School PTSA has increased contributions to:

Ballard High School is a dynamic learning institution with a solid core of programs offering many unique opportunities to our students. If we want BHS to continue to offer our students a complete education to prepare them for their future, we need to step up and help our staff and teachers.

How do we determine how funds are used?

The PTSA has a Disbursement Process that is used to determine which grant requests will be funded. You can read a detailed description or this process on the PTSA Disbursement Process page.

Other Ways To Support Your School

Remember, corporate matching gifts are an easy way to magnify the impact of your contribution. If your employer has a matching gift policy, please fill out and send your employer’s matching form to our PTSA treasurer. After we verify your gift, your employer will issue a matching gift to the Ballard High School PTSA in your name.

Find a list of companies with matching programs here