Public school budgets are tight across Colorado. The Polaris Parent Teacher Organization raises money each year to provide classroom essentials for all our students. Here are the ways we raise those funds!
Fundraising at Polaris – A Quick Guide
Here’s a snapshot of the different ways that the Polaris Parent Teacher Organization raises funds each year, and more detail about where the money goes.
The Annual Fund is a great way to give tax-deductible donations to the Polaris Parent Teacher Organization. Learn about the different, convenient ways to donate to the Annual Fund—and save on your taxes while benefitting our school community.
Polaris fundraising events are fantastic ways to connect with other Polaris families, teach our children about the importance of contribution, and raise needed funds for Polaris programs.
Everyday Ways to Support Polaris
You can raise funds for Polaris without spending an extra dime of your own, by making everyday purchases of groceries and Amazon.com products.
Goods and Services Fundraisers
Increase resources for Polaris by buying yearbooks, t-shirts, and other goods and services.
The Polaris Annual Fund raises the majority of extra funding to cover the gap between what DPS provides and the actual cost of providing the programs that make such a difference for all our children. Every dollar of direct contributed makes a difference in supporting the wonderful programs at our school, and every gift is 100% tax deductible.
Ways to Give
- One-time contributions via check. Make this using the Polaris Annual Fund Contribution Form [link to http://polarisprogram.dpsk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016_17-Polaris-annual-fund-pledge-form.pdf].
- Monthly automatic donations are automatically deducted from your bank account using ACH. Make this using the Polaris Annual Fund Contribution Form [link to http://polarisprogram.dpsk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016_17-Polaris-annual-fund-pledge-form.pdf].
- Online monthly or one-time gifts through Colorado Gives [link to https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27952]
For More Information
Have questions about the annual fund? Please email email@example.com.
The Polaris Parent Teacher Organization organizes two major fundraising events each school year to raise crucial funds for our students—and to have a lot of fun!
Jogathon is our annual student-led fundraising event. It typically takes place every October at a park near the school. Jogathon is a great way to give relatives, friends, and neighbors an opportunity to support Polaris by sponsoring a student jogger.
Romancing the Vine [link to Romancing the Vine page in “News and Events” section]
Romancing the Vine is an adults-only night out with wine tasting, great food, live music, and an auction. We hold this event every spring.
Purchases That Support Polaris
Raise funds for Polaris without spending an extra dime of your own, through purchases from these partners.
Reloadable Grocery Cards from King Soopers and Safeway
Use a reloadable gift card when purchasing groceries at King Soopers (or other Kroger stores) and Safeway, and 5% of every $5,000 that our community spends will go to Polaris. Start by making a one-time purchase of a $50 reloadable gift card in the school office.
Single-Use Grocery Cards from Natural Grocers and Sprouts
Make a one-time purchase or establish a standing monthly gift card order (available in increments of $25). To pick up the gift cards, visit the school office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop Amazon Smile for the same products available on Amazon.com, and eligible purchases will result in a donation of 0.5% of eligible purchases to Polaris. Visit smile.amazon.com before shopping, and select “Polaris PTO Inc” as your charitable organization.
Goods and Services Fundraisers
Here are examples of the many goods and services that community members coordinate to showcase and raise funds for our work at Polaris.
Enjoy a night out and away from the kitchen! Invite friends and family, and join school friends at neighborhood restaurants for dinners benefitting Polaris. Restaurants graciously donate a portion of sales for a specific evening to the school. For latest community dinners, see the News and Events [link to page 4a] page.
Every year, the Polaris yearbook has great features and stars our wonderful kids and amazing staff. For questions about the yearbook, please email email@example.com.
Our annual Polaris Night at the Bookies is held each December. Bookies is considered by many to be the finest children’s bookstore between Chicago and L.A. Every December, the Polaris Night at the Bookies event is a wonderful time to find the perfect holiday book or gift for those special people on your list, and to purchase books for the classrooms from teacher wish lists. A percentage of Polaris Night at the Bookies sales directly benefits the Polaris library.