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Soliciting Donations

8. Soliciting Donations

There are classroom expenses that are necessary throughout the year. We have found the easiest way to collect for these expenses is to ask for a voluntary sum at the beginning of the year. Donations for the year should never exceed $100 per family. See the proposed class budget for what these funds can be used for.


  • Classroom wish lists – no monetary donations should be requested for this. Teacher’s post their wish lists, and items are purchased and donated by the parents.
  • Class parties (two per year - winter and end of the year), sign up sheets should be posted so all parents can contribute and this will consist only of food or items for goody bags.
  • If you have extra funds at the end of the year, please consult with all of your class parents for how those funds can be used. There should always be an option to divide the amount evenly among the parents and returned.

Please keep in mind that all such donations are on a voluntary basis only, parents should not be made to feel uncomfortable or pressured into contributing. You must provide a break down to the parents, so they know exactly where their money is going. Full transparency is required at all times for classroom accounting. If you feel the need to ask for donations from community businesses, please make sure that the businesses are not already "Partners in Education (PIE)" of Carpenter. We are fortunate in that we have a supportive business community supporting our school and we do not want to jeopardize that relationship by taking advantage of their generosity. For any interactions with these sponsors, including scheduling field trips or requesting donations, please work with the PFC Partners in Education (PIE) coordinator.