Greetings Park Hill Families,
We are two weeks out from the I Heart Park Hill Auction and I want to take a moment to explain the importance of this event. The PTSA is tasked with bridging a significant gap between funds received from public education and what our school requires. Our school relies heavily on the revenues generated at the auction, and your participation is strongly encouraged to support this mission.
As a school community, we need to rally together to raise a minimum of $100,000 at this event. These dollars support critical programs, enrichment and intervention teachers, and our paraprofessional staff which is vital in reducing our teacher to student ratio. That monetary goal equates to roughly $150 per student at Park Hill. As you know, our attendance isn’t going down year after year; rather, the demand for our school continues to grow, which is a great testament to the good work of our staff and parent community. In light of this demand, our needs will only increase even though our funding won’t.
Every dollar raised at the auction is immediately and directly applied towards our students. Last year, the money raised at our auction allowed us to increase our Spanish instructional time, hire an additional fifth grade teacher, and increase Para support. Every student now has access to a Chromebook or iPad, including one to one capacity in third, fourth, and fifth grades. While that may sound like a luxury, these necessary tools are used to prepare our kids for 21st century learning and PARCC testing. This is on par with what some other elementary schools in DPS are providing their students and we appreciate you helping to make this a reality this year. Our goal this year is to fund two full time staff members and hire two additional full time paraprofessionals. Therefore, we need to meet that $150 per student goal (at minimum), so please keep this in mind when planning your giving.
Our auction committee has been working very hard behind the scenes to make this a terrific event for you. It’s fun, it’s an adult only evening, it’s in the neighborhood, and it’s free to attend. Please join me at this year’s I Heart Park Hill Auction on February 24th at the Park Hill Golf Club. Bring your neighbors and friends, even if they don’t have an affiliation to the school. We need the support and we need bodies there to help us reach our goal. Give generously, support our students, and let’s have a great time together. Registration is now open and all details are available on www.iheartparkhill.com. Thanks for keeping Park Hill strong!
Ken Burdette, Principal