One of the primary responsibilities of the Edison Parent Council is to raise funds to enrich the educational lives of our children. We offer many diverse ways for families and the community to support Edison, enabling people to choose the manner and amount of support. We raise funds through pledges (e.g. Jog-a-thon), sales, raffles, “free money” (eScrip and Box Tops), auction events, and direct giving. For details on all our fundraisers, go to Events and Activities.
What is the most time-efficient and cost-effective way to support Edison financially?
By far, direct donation on a monthly basis is the easiest way to support Edison. The more funds we can raise through direct donations, the less time we will have to put into time-consuming fundraisers and, instead, we can direct that volunteer time to educational and enrichment activities.
How much should I give?
Here is what it takes, from every family, to keep our school fully funded. On average, families need to give $300 annually. However, that assumes all Edison families have the same ability to support their school financially. Some families cannot afford to give that much, so for every family can’t, we need another family that can do more. Working together as a community, this is how we reach our fundraising goals:
- 2 families giving $6,000 (or $500/month)
- 10 families giving $2,400 ($200/month)
- 10 families giving $1,200 (or $100/month)
- 50 families giving $600 (or $50/month)
- 50 families giving $300 (or $25/month)
- 75 families giving $120 (or $10/month)
- 100 families giving $0 to $60 (or $0-$5/month)
Note that the lowest level of giving is reserved for our families that qualify for FRPL. If you do not qualify, critical school programs depend on you to give at a higher level.
Public school budgets are not what they once were. Services like full-time nurses, librarians, music or art teachers, and support staff are a thing of the past. At Edison, this is compounded by 4J’s need-based equity funding arrangement. While nearly 30% of Edison students qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL), Edison still receives less funding per student than schools that have a higher percentage of FRPL eligible students.
But Edison is fortunate: our families are committed to providing the offerings we think our children need and, therefore, we are committed to volunteering and fundraising to fill the gaps. Each year we need to raise enough money to support funding for our essential Educational Assistants who provide enrichment and tutoring, as well as keep our kids safe. Parent-generated funds also go to support artists-in-residence, yoga, Meet the Masters curriculum, books for the library, scholarships for fieldtrips or school supplies, and much more. This support adds up to over $100,000 annually!
Shouldn’t public education be publicly funded?
Yes! If you believe, as Parent Council does, that public education should be better funded by public sources, we welcome you to join other Edison parents working towards this goal. Monthly Parent Council meetings are a good place to meet other parents involved with organizations or legislators that support increased school funding. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Edison Library. Free childcare and snacks are provided.