“Fundraising Works” Annual Fundraiser
This fundraiser is our biggest money-maker for the school year.We use a local fundraising business - “Fundraising Works”, that supplies a catalog full of various items ranging from top-sellers such as cookie dough, magazines, kitchen supplies, snack items, etc. The students are allowed a2 week window to sell products to their family and friends. We receive 40% of the total profit from the sales. The work and effort on our part is minimal and we make more money from this one fundraiser than any other event that we have all year. We take 1/2 of our profit and give it to the teachers and then deposit the other half into our PTO account.
General Mills Box Tops for Education.
Save your box tops and share them with Columbia! These help provide resources for students.
Columbia Night Lights
This is our first family event in the fall. It is a“tailgating” themed party that is held on our school’s playground. It does not cost to attend, however, there is food for purchase. Families bring their lawn chairs and listen to music while their kids run around and play with their friends. We have a DJ for music and inflatable toys for entertainment. We have a silent auction set up to raise money. Organizing and setting up the silent auction requires parent volunteers. We go to local businesses to ask for donations for our silent auction.
Snowflake Crop is an event where individuals who enjoy scrapbooking or “crafting” can pay to utilize our school building and get together to enjoy their hobby. The registrants pay a fee that covers their table space and some meals during event. The Crop takes place after theChristmas break, generally towards the end of January/beginning of February. It is held on a Friday evening 5 p.m. - midnight, and all day that Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. It includes raffle drawings, door prizes, various local vendors, etc. Much work goes into making this event a success so this is always a great way to volunteer. The date for this school year has yet to be determined.
We have an annual carnival in the Spring. We charge parents for wristbands to allow the kids to have unlimited play on inflatables and games that are set up inside and outside of the school. We also sell food at the event. Each class puts together a room basket that has a special theme - chosen by the teacher/classroom. These baskets are then set out during the event as raffle items. The class with the “best” basket - meaning the basket that made the most tickets/money, will be rewarded with an incentive such as a pizza party. The idea is to have the parents donate items to fill up their class baskets. There are several ways to volunteer and help out with this event.
Columbia hosts a wonderful book fair in the fall, September 30th-October 4th. It is a great way for students to shop for books while their school/teachers reap the benefits of additional books for their rooms. The PTO hosts some special events during this time. Before school while the book fair is open to students, thePTO has hosted “Muffins for Moms”, “Donuts for Dads”, and "Granola for Grandparents”. The PTO provides special snacks for students to have with their moms, dads, grandparents and guardians while they shop the book fair. It is always a great turnout and many parents use this early morning shopping opportunity as a way to spend some special time with their child, in addition to supporting our school and students.
Before the Christmas Break, PTO hosts a small “Santa Shoppe” that allows students to buy their family and friends small gifts for the holidays.PTO volunteers work together to accumulate cheaper items that the students can buy for $1 to $2. In addition, we wrap and label the gifts so students can have some gifts to place under their tree for the holidays. It makes it nice for students who might not have the opportunity to do Christmas shopping for their family and friends to have a place to shop.