Beacon public SChools' Fundraising guide

On what seems like a weekly basis, your neighbors' and friends' kids in Beacon, NY, are selling wrapping paper or jumping rope, or collecting pennies or running through colorful powder, all to raise crucial money for their schools. Fundraising and benefit event opportunities are always going on inside and around the Beacon City Schools.

We want to make sure you know about them. These events can be easy and fun ways to help kids in the Beacon City School system enjoy unique opportunities. Usually these are held by the school PTO/A (Parent Teacher Organization/Association) or PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization, so-named when students are also involved).

If you know of an opportunity you'd like to submit to this page, please fill out the form below!

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Everyday Ways to Donate

These donation methods cost you nothing:


Box Tops: These are the purple squares on many food packages (or even toilet paper!) that you can cut or rip off and send in with a child to their school. Don't have a child in the district? Save a bunch and give them to a neighbor child who you know! Even the Howland Public Library has a collection spot for these; it looks like a mailbox.

South Avenue Elementary PTA

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Fundraising Opportunities Going On Now


Color-A-Thon: South Avenue Elementary School's Color-A-Thon fun run is coming April 14, 2018!! This year they are encouraging students/families from all Beacon schools to participate - the more people, the more COLOR everyone gets to throw!! And the more money will be raised for playground equipment and other initiatives at South Avenue Elementary School. There will be a DJ, a bounce house, food and a raffle! Register or donate by March 23rd!
Deadline: Register by March 23, 2018

SOUTH AVE STUDENTS register at (Group ID in your packet)

EVERYONE ELSE (non-South Avenue students) register at

Details >

Amazon Percentage of Sale: Every time you shop at Amazon, you could be sending the South Avenue PTA a commission, so to speak, of the sale. This is an easy way to donate that costs you nothing. Need a new broom? Buy it on Amazon and a percentage of the sale goes to South Avenue.
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Fundraising Goals:

  • Recess equipment: The PTA will purchase items like basketballs, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk for playground use.
  • Funding for classroom supplies: As teacher budgets are slashed in the district, the PTA will contribute more to teachers’ classroom needs.
  • School assemblies: This year, we’ll bring in more special events that inspire arts-based learning.
  • Playground enhancement: Raising money for a shaded pavilion on the playground that would function as an outdoor classroom.

Sargent Elementary PTO

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Fundraising Opportunities Going On Now:


Rock and Roll Bingo Fundraiser: Friday, April 13th is Rock 'n' Roll Bingo for the whole family! Join the Sargent Peppers (and the PTO Dads) for a night of numbers, guitar licks, dinner snacks, raffles, baked goods and loads of prizes. 
Details >

Food Pantry Wish List: Apparently the snacks are are flying out of the food pantry! Any snack items from this Amazon wish list or similar that can be purchased to replenish the pantry would be greatly appreciated. You can ship directly to the school via this wish list or there is a basket at the front office for alternatively purchased supplies. 
Sargent PTO Food Pantry Wish List >

Fundraising Goals:

  • Field Trips + Assemblies: Creating exciting and inspiring assemblies and field trips
  • A beautification project focused on aesthetically improving the school inside and out! (Next up, auditorium!) 
  • Recess: Continued improvements to the recess experience to make the area more engaging and inclusive for all students. 
  • Continued donations: Online projects include the Calico Ball, hosting four family fun nights, hosting a Thanksgiving luncheon for the local seniors, adding to the 5th grader Legacy Tile Wall, hosting a teacher appreciation luncheon, giving each staff member a small gift, and performing community outreach to Sargent families and staff.

J.V. Forrestal Elementary PTSO


    Fundraising Opportunities Going On Now:

    Rubik's Cubes for Hands-On Library Learning: JVF Librarian Ms. Coleman is raising money to fund the purchase of Rubik's Cubes that students can check out of the library. She writes, "As we continue to add Makerspace supplies to be used in the library, we would like to add a collection of Rubik's Cubes at varying ability levels, to be offered for check-out/borrowing by students. Rubik's Cubes are a fun way to get kids thinking using mathematical and problem-solving skills." The JVF PTSO is getting behind this initiative as well, but any donation is welcomed and will help!
    Details to Donate >

    JVF Food Pantry Wish List: The JVF Food Pantry is in need of everything except canned goods right now. The pantry could use: pasta/pasta sauce, individually wrapped snacks, individually wrapped breakfast bars, crackers, juice boxes, brownie/cookie/cake mix, soup, dried fruit, mac & cheese, canned corn, canned peas, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash

    Fundraising Goals:

    • Supporting JVF teachers both financially and with volunteer assistance as needed. 
    • Assemblies: Bringing assemblies and other enriching events into the school.
    • Field Trips: Helping teachers plan and pay for field trips.
    • Recess Playgrounds: Improving the school playgrounds.
    • Garden Program: Supporting Hudson Valley Seed’s school garden program. 

    Pasta Dinner JVF Fundraiser: To benefit a JVF student with muscular dystrophy that is open to the entire community and the proceeds will benefit one of our families in need.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (children under 2 are free).  There will be seatings at 5pm and 7pm.  Mean will include a homemade dessert table, live music, and raffle prizes from Beacon Pantry, Stock Up, Beacon Music Factory, Fishkill Bowl, Mountain Tops and much more.
    Information >

    Glenham Elementary PTO


    Fundraising Opportunities Going On Now:

    • Stay tuned!

    Fundraising Goals:

    • Family Fun Night, Watermelon Day, and Teacher Appreciation Week. 

    Rombout MIddle School PTSO


    Fundraising Opportunities Going On Now:

    • Stay tuned!

    Fundraising goals:

    • Four to six tables to go outside the cafeteria doors, so students can earn the privilege of eating outside. They would also like to raise money for benches to be put in front of the building in the bus drop-off area.
      Donate directly to their GoFundMe campaign >

    Beacon High School PTSO


    Fundraising Opportunities Going On Now:

    New Beacon Football Gear Available for the Whole Family! For anyone who wants to buy gear for the upcoming season here's the link to buy some great shirts and hoodies and help support the Beacon football Department. They are looking to buy new equipment and gear they need your help. Check it out!
    Deadline: April 8th, 2018 to place the order!
    Details >

    Fundraising Goals:

    • Continued Awesomeness

    Beacon Arts & Education Foundation


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    The Beacon Arts & Education Foundation (BAEF) is a coalition of parents, educators, businesses and other organizations that raise funds through private donations and grants to support a more comprehensive education for the students of the Beacon City School District (BCSD).

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