Here's a commonly asked question: Why do we need all this fundraising? I pay taxes. Don't they cover all of our school costs?


Answer: Your tax dollars do NOT cover all expenses. The PTO fundraises to pay for the following:


  1. Science garden teacher salary and supplies.

  2. Art teacher salary. Art Docent fees and supplies.

  3. All technology, Chromebooks, iPads, computers, carts, and cords.

  4. All program updates, licenses, and registrations on campus technology. 

  5. Supporting teachers and instructional aids for trainings, substitute teacher fees for testing/evaluation purposes, and classroom supplies.

  6. Supervisors before school, recess, and during responsibility room.

  7. PE equipment.

  8. Supports and provides supplies for the Track Team, Student Council, Safety Patrol, Spelling Bee registration, GATE program, and Math programs. 

  9. All assemblies on campus.

  10. Grade level books as required per school year.

  11. All student planners for grades 3-5.

  12. All licensing fees for online programs.

  13. All subscriptions and registration for magazines and online programs for each grade level per year.

  14. Supplies, including but not limited to copy paper.

  15. Fees associated with the copy machines that the District does not cover.

  16. Provides for student scholarships for those unable to attend field trips and transportation fees. 

  17. Biztown experience for 5th graders.

  18. At the beginning of the school year, the PTO provides over $2,500 in gift cards for each teacher to ensure they have the necessary classroom supplies.

  19. Contributes to teacher appreciation, the teachers’ annual luncheon, and the welcome back breakfast for the staff and teachers. 

  20. Provides funds for 5th-grade promotion.

  21. Provides funds for STAR testing fees and supplies.

  22. EZ Ups/Canopies for on-campus events and to shade the Science garden.

  23. Safety Measures on campus (wireless communications and headsets).

  24. AR Reading Program fees and licenses – an expense which the District will no longer cover.

  25. Retirement and bereavement expenses for LCM.

  26. Matching t-shirts for all the staff to promote Dolphin Way.

  27. Insurance for every on-campus event. 

  28. Library supplies and books.

  29. Family and Community building events for LCM families.

  30. Numerous expenses and fees the SMUSD no longer can cover for LCM.

This is why your child and your school desperately need your WAVE donation, in any amount.  
Help your PTO help your child and their education!






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