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Gilbert Junior High School PTRO

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Parent & Teacher Groups

Mission: The objectives of the Gilbert Junior High School PTRO are: A. To provide school functions for the purpose of promoting fellowship/community among parents, students, and teachers. B. To provide funds for extra materials and programs in addition to what is provided by the district, as determined by the organization. C. To assist in the organization of a volunteer program as deemed beneficial to the students. The following are basic policies of Gilbert Junior High School PTRO: A. This Organization shall be non-commercial, non-sectarian, and non-partisan. B. This Organization shall work with the school and administration to help provide quality education for all students, recognizing that the legal responsibility to make decisions have been delegated by the people to the Gilbert Governing Board, a.k.a., School Board. C. This Organization shall work with the school administration, faculty, and students in an effort to: 1) Provide quality experiences and activities for all members of the School. 2) Promote the welfare of the children attending Gilbert Junior High School in home, school, and community. 3) Maintain a well-informed membership regarding issues directly related to the school and community. 4) Foster a closer relationship between home and school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in the education of the students.

Results: The PTRO has purchased a trombone for band and a speaker PA system for orchestra with a portion of the $1,800 raised at the "Music in the Courtyard" Family Fun Night event for the music department. The school received 3 violin donations for several students who could not afford to rent an instrument. Walgreens and their vendors donated water, soda, chips, and other items that can be sold at sport concessions and used for our November Family Fun Night. Four portable lights were purchased for the school that can be used in the courtyard at events. Eight document cameras were ordered for the classrooms. 46 backpacks with school supplies were donated for low income students in August from the Town of Gilbert employees and Lyons Club.

Target demographics: students and teachers

Direct beneficiaries per year: in 2013, we were able to purchase 4 document cameras, 6 new projectors, and several projector replacement bulbs for the classrooms. In addition, we paid to fix some of the sewing machines for the Life Skills Class and purchased new periodic tables for the Science Department.

Geographic areas served: Gilbert Junior High School

Programs: For 2014, we would like to purchase several more projectors so each classroom can have their own.Over 50% of our students are involved in at least one music class. The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the music department, and funds raised will go directly to purchasing new instruments, repairing old instruments, purchasing new music, bringing in special groups and outside instructors, assisting with field trips and more. Currently, we have 5 violin students who do not have their own instrument (rental or owned). The PTRO is looking to raise funds as soon as possible so the school might be able to purchase these school owned instruments for those students. In 2015, the PTRO hopes to continue their mission of providing equipment for the staff and students.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this group for the last 2 years. It is a great group of parents who have helped raise additional funds to purchase equipment for the school and provide activities for the students and families by building community.

Even though my son has moved on to high school, I plan to volunteer my time this year since it has been a rewarding experience.

1 Cindy163

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined this group as a volunteer in order to connect with my child's school. I love everything about this organization! The people are dedicated to serve with a focus on building community and supporting the needs of Gilbert Jr. High. While fundraising is a necessary part of this organization, it is done in such a way that there is minimum burden to families. This is particularly important since this school has a higher than norm free/reduced lunch student population. With the help of community partners and others who share the same passion they do, they are able to provide everything from school socials, teacher appreciation events and funding for technology items and more. There’s no restriction on who can participate either. There are even parents who are involved that do not have students at our school. Once you’re involved, you’ll understand why. There are real needs here, and those involved in this group are very passionate about making a difference any way they can.