How much should I donate?
That is up to you and your family to determine based on your personal situation. Donations of all size are gladly accepted. If you have more than one child at the Clifton School, you may feel compelled to give more.
Are contributions tax-deductible?
Yes. Since the PTA has obtained 501c3 status, the contributions are tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt after the completion of the campaign.
Why does the PTA do the Gift Campaign?
Since 1995, The PTA has sponsored this activity. The PTA does many things throughout the year to show our support of teachers and the administration. The TAC is the one time each year when the teachers receive money from The PTA as a way to say thank you for their hard work with our children. By coming from The PTA, it complements the many activities of the administration in supporting our teachers.
What if our classroom wants to do a separate gift for our teachers?
We would encourage you to wait to do a gift from the whole classroom at the end of the school year or give something small at the holidays. Please make this campaign a priority from a funding perspective to ensure it is successful.
Will the amounts differ for each campus?
No. To keep it equitable, the amounts collected will be pooled. The full-time teachers will all receive the same amount. Part-time teachers will all receive the same amount, but it will be less than the full-time teachers.
In addition to the teachers, does this money go to the floaters and staff, etc.?
The gifts are provided to ALL teaching staff and support staff. The Administration is excluded from this. In addition, work-study students are excluded. If you would like to do something for a work-study student who is consistently in your child’s room you will need to do it outside of the teacher appreciation campaign.
What is the rationale behind pooling funds from all rooms at both campuses rather than having parents give directly to their children’s teachers?
This system has been designed to maintain an equitable distribution and recognize the contribution made by all teaching and support staff. The number of children in each room can vary quite a bit, therefore, some rooms necessarily have a higher potential for participation than others. In addition, if gifts are given from parents directly to teachers, support staff will not receive any distribution. Finally, some rooms have a lower rate of participation than other rooms. This leaves teachers in rooms with lower participation rates at a disadvantage and unduly pressures parents into giving beyond their means.
Who writes the check that goes to each teacher?
The President and the Treasurer of the PTA will have the task of writing and signing all of the checks and distributing them to the teachers during the staff breakfast on December 15th.