When most of us grew up, music, art, and field trips were a regular part of our school experience. Not anymore. Did you know the school district provides $0 to provide music programs (other than the Fifth Grade instrumental program), art programs, assemblies, and field trips? The McKinley PTC raises about $50,000 per year to fund weekly music classes, ceramics classes, buses for field trips, and school assemblies.

It costs about $130 per student to provide these great programs. We know that many people are struggling in this economy, so we sponsor a variety of events/drives to reach out to friends, extended families, and neighbors to help raise this money.

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Everyday Fundraising Programs

As state and local budgets are slashed, schools are being cut to the quick. When parents and community members can donate school supplies, this frees up budget dollars for the core purpose of our neighborhood schools — Educating our children.

In short, this is an inexpensive, easy way for you to really make a difference. Here are the four ways you can help:

1.) Purchase items from our grade-specific teacher wish lists:
Second Grade Wish List
Fourth Grade Wish List
Fifth Grade Wish List

2.) Visit for the McKinley PTC wish list.  Choose one or more items you would like to donate, purchase and ship.  The ship-to address is pre-entered into the form, and you can donate at a time that is convenient for you.

3.) Next time you are at a Target store, visit the gift registry kiosk, or find the registry here. Search for the registry for McKinley Elementary (First Name: McKinley, Last Name: Elementary), making sure to pick the entry from San Diego (apparently there are McKinley Elementary schools all over the country). Pick an item or two, and have your student drop it off at the front office.

4.) Next time you are at any retailer that carries office supplies, pick up a ream or two of general purpose white copy paper.  Send it to school with your student.

All of these are easy, and many of the items only cost a couple of dollars.  Thanks.

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