Fundraising at Abbot
The Abbot Elementary PTO works collaboratively with the education and support staff to enhance the learning environment at Abbot. Fundraising is a necessary component in accomplishing this broad mission. Funds raised by the PTO are used to benefit every Abbot student through school field trips, assemblies, library books, enrichment programs, classroom supplies and other PTO sponsored projects.
We do not ask Abbot families to sell wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions, cookie dough or pizza kits. Therefore the fundraisers we have in place are key to our continued success. Please support your child and your school by participating in these fundraisers.
To kick off each new school year, the Abbot PTO sends home a flyer in backpack mail asking every Abbot family to voluntarily make a contribution to the Abbot PTO, which serves as annual dues. Contributions are the most direct and effective way of making a financial difference at Abbot. The suggested minimum per family is $20, but please consider giving what you are able – this is the only time of the year that we ask for money directly from our families. The Abbot PTO is truly grateful for any amount of contribution.
Because the Abbot PTO is a 501c3 corporation, all contributions are tax deductible and the PTO Treasurer can provide a receipt. Again, we are truly thankful for any amount of contribution.
Ongoing Fundraisers – No Out-of-Pocket Expense to Families
Help Abbot PTO When You Shop
Earn $$ for Abbot PTO when you shop at NO COST to you!
Abbot PTO funds Abbot Elementary Field Trips, Enrichment, Classroom Supplies and more which benefit all our Abbot students!
Amazon Instead of shopping at www.amazon.com, click on smile.amazon.com; then search for Abbot Elementary School Pto to connect your account. It’s everything you love about Amazon.com, with a donation back to the school of 0.5% of your purchases.
Busch's- Renew every April
Store Rewards at Busch's just got a lot easier!
1. Get a Busch's MyWay card in any Busch's store for free
2. Log into your MyWay account online at www.buschs.com/myway and click the Cash for Education icon
3. Make sure you select Abbot Elementary as your organization of choice
4. Every time you shop at Busch's, show your Cash for Education Card and Busch's donates back to the PTO 5% when you pay with cash, check or a debit card; and 3% when you use a credit card
Arbor Farms is now offering a simple and timesaving way for parents and staff to support your school. Shop at Arbor Farms and, when checking out, just tell the cashier you want to support Abbot Elementary School . They will then donate 3% of the purchase total. It’s that simple!
Your grocery receipt will have your school’s name at the top, and they send a donation check when the school’s balance reaches $100.
Instead of shopping at www.amazon.com, click on smile.amazon.com; then search for Abbot Elementary School PTO to connect your account. It’s everything you love about Amazon.com, with a donation back to the school of 0.5% of your purchases.
Kroger - Renew every April
Please enroll and choose Abbot Elementary School, then use your Kroger Plus Card to earn money for the school.
1.) Get a Kroger Plus Card if you do not already have one; get a new card at any Kroger location for free
2.) Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
3.) Click "Create an Account" if you have not already done so, or "Sign in" if you have already set up your card online
4.) Follow the instructions and select Abbot Elementary School
5.) Shop at Kroger and a percentage of your purchases will be returned directly to the school
Box Tops for Education
1.) Clip and save the pink Box Tops for Education you see on groceries such as General Mills Cereals, GoYurts and Mott's Applesauce.
2.) Send them in with your child to put on the big fishbowl in the lunch room
3.) Each is worth 10 cents for Abbot and it really adds up ... we earn about $1000 per year with all of us working together!
Fundraising Events (in chronological order)
Domino's Pizza Dough Raiser (3rd Thursday of each Month)
25% of Net Sales Donated!!
Your locally owned and operated stores in Ann Arbor are very motivated to support your school by helping raise money for the much needed programs and supplies.
The best part is we developed a fun and easy way for you to participate. All you need to do is eat delicious Domino’s Pizza and Domino’s will DONATE 25% OF YOUR NET SALE back to your school! Your local Domino’s is donating all of the profits from your order and matching it!
Once a month (an email will be sent to you and your child will have a sticker attached to their shirt announcing Domino’s pizza days), call the closest store, or order on-line at Dominos.com, and be sure to mention the coupon code: “A”; your order will be tracked and we will donate 25% cash back. Don’t forget to hand in the below slip with your information and the class with the greatest participation will receive a FREE PIZZA PARTY!
Abbot Run-a-Thon (held in the fall every year)
The Abbot Elementary Run-a-Thon has one of the longest running event histories in the area. This rich community event and popular fall tradition involves Abbot students, teachers, alumni and families. Runners and walkers collect pledges prior to the event and then earn money for every lap completed around a track set up behind the school. The Run-a-Thon is the Abbot PTO’s largest fundraising event of the year. Between 400-600 people attend this event as many friends, neighbors, and family members come to cheer on their favorite runners. Although the Run-a-Thon is an outdoor event, weather has never been a factor in its popularity or success.
In addition to raising valuable funds for Abbot Elementary, the Run-a-Thon provides the opportunity for students to be directly involved in helping to support their own school. The event establishes a sense of community pride while reinforcing the positive experiences related to physical activity. To encourage students to challenge themselves, the “100 Lap Club” was established where students who complete 100 laps are rewarded with a special group photo opportunity and a special trophy that is different than what other event participants receive.
Scholastic Book Fair (March Every Year)
The Scholastic Book Fair connects students and families with great books while raising funds and earning books for the Abbot Media Center . Hundreds of quality books in every price range, interest, and reading level are available for purchase over a three-day period in the Abbot Media Center . Scholastic offers exclusive, more affordable editions of many of the most popular books sold in retail stores. Abbot earns books and funds for our Media Center based on a percentage of all items purchased during the Book Fair.
Abbot Ice Cream Social (Early June Every Year)
The Abbot Elementary Ice Cream Social has a long-standing tradition of being a wonderful community event as well as a fundraiser. There are many free activities in which to participate as well as ones that require tickets that are priced at $1.00 each. Activities include a cake decorating contest (by grade), kiddie games, face painting, a cake walk, a giant inflatable slide, a moon jump, a dunk tank, ring toss, basketball toss, fire truck tours, live entertainment and more! Ice cream, pizza, subs, snow cones, cotton candy and other treats are available for purchase.
The key fundraising component of the Ice Cream Social is the Raffle. The raffle features over 75 items for students and adults alike donated by generous classrooms, teachers, families and local businesses. Past raffle items include bikes, iPods, scooters, Webkinz, restaurant gift certificates, and the ever-popular themed class baskets. Raffle tickets are priced at $1.00 each and may be placed in the specific basket for the prize desired.