As parents, we should be aware that our children at Howard enjoy many enriched learning experiences that most schools in the TDSB do not. These “extras” that we have come to accept as our standard are entirely self-funded. Examples include
- Visiting artists and scientists in the classroom
- New playground structure, new stage and risers
- Field trips, classroom supplies, books, school computers
- Graduation parties, end of year potluck, parent workshops, the learning garden
Each of these programs/enriched supplies are purchased with funds raised by us, the parents, through fundraising activities run through the Howard Home and School Association (formally known as the PTA). We should count ourselves lucky to live in an area where the culture of giving is as strong as it is, and the parent volunteers are so dedicated! H&S raises approximately $60,000 each year for the above activities.
There are a few staples in the fundraising calendar; tried and true events that produce excellent results each year. None is more enjoyed than the Howard Fall Fete, which takes place on Saturday, October 19th between 10:00-2:00.
This single event accounts for approximately 1/3 of our fundraising dollars, but, more importantly, it acts as a tremendous community builder and is a great opportunity for parents and their children to spend time together, and for you to meet other parents at the school. And yes, it is also a ton of fun!
This year’s Fall Fete will be a success only because of parent volunteers and their donations. There are several ways to get involved:
- Donate your time: before, during, or after the Fete.
- Donate items to the silent auction, book/costume sale, gift basket raffle, wine raffle, make a treat for the bake table, or a cake for the popular cake walk.
This year, many “old guard” parent volunteers are moving on with their children to other schools, and we are looking for new volunteer blood (metaphorically speaking) to grow the event and keep it successful!
Look for information on how to donate or volunteer to be brought home by your child or by subscribing to our new HPS blog at howardpublicschool.com. Also, keep up-to-date on all Fall Fete news at www.fallfete.ca or by following us on Facebook at Howard Public School Fall Fete and on Twitter @HowardJrPS or @FallFete.
If you are interested in knowing more, or want to get involved, you can always email Treva firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacey email@example.com the co-chairs or use the contact form at the bottom of the Fall Fete page.
See you at the Fete!