Where Does Your Money Go?


Your contributions to our Lakeridge PTA helps support important programs and events for our students and Lakeridge community. (Learn more about your impact here.)




Here's where your money goes

  1. Learning Support

    PTA and the dollars you donate are essential to the learning support programs offered at Lakeridge. Donations allow Lakeridge to provide broad early literacy support to our primary students and targeted intensive literacy support across all grade levels, kindergarten through fifth grade. PTA also funds academic enhancement programs and curricula. This support for early literacy, literacy interventions and academic enrichment allows classroom teachers to support every child more deeply and more individually with more time and resources. As well, your dollars continue to fund additional supervision in the lunchroom, on the playground, and for before/after school supervision. Together, your support helps Lakeridge to create a school environment where all children feel safe and welcome to learn, play and grow together all the while freeing up additional time for teachers to spend on planning and preparing for your children.

  2. Curriculum and Enrichment

    • In-Class Curriculum Enrichment – for visiting professionals that come to your child’s classroom who bring “learning to life”

    • Assemblies – valuable learning sessions for the entire school featuring carefully selected professional presenters to enhance curriculum, school culture, and student wellness.

    • Art Enrichment

      • MISD Fine Arts Showcase – supplies and support for annual all-island art show highlighting your child's work on display at Mercer Island High School for the entire MI community to admire.

      • Reflections Art Contest - a comprehensive opportunity for students of all ages to highlight their talents and interests in multiple arts categories.

    • Science Enrichment

      • Science Fair  – our annual all-inclusive Science Fair evening event open to every Lakeridge Lion either as a participant or attendee. Hands-on science stations and activities complement the traditional science fair projects. Hundreds of displays of passion and interest in science, technology, engineering, math and more! 

      • Adopted Curriculum Support – funds assist in the purchase of teacher training, implementation, enrichment and enhancement of district adopted curricula.

      • STEM Enrichment

    • Grants – Opportunity for staff to request monies for special projects and enrichment items not normally accessible to teachers or schools and to make their classrooms even more engaging for students. In the past this has funded Seattle Opera enhancement, artists-in-residence, diverse classroom libraries, social skills programs, computer-aided reading, classroom amplification systems, etc.

    • Green Team – Learning Garden, Compostable or Reusable Party Supplies, Earth Week, Green Cafeteria, Island-wide Green initiatives

    • Student Council – funds cover advising and special projects by the student leadership council

    • Student Safety

      • 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo – safety-focused program for every 3rd grader at Lakeridge in partnership with local police offers and community services.

      • Kiss‘n Go car drop-off/pick-up adult supervision

      • Safety Patrol – funds for flags, vests, adult advisors, and year-end event for volunteer participants

    • Stipends – awarded to teachers to support extracurricular activities like K-Kids, 5th Grade Musical, All-School Concert, Steel Drum Band and Student Council 

  3. Parent and Teacher Support 

    • Parent and Family Support

      • Social Events (Welcome Coffee, New Family Coffees, Kindergarten Coffee, Family Picnic, International Night, Family Bingo Night)

      • Parent Education – speaking events by national authors held throughout the school year

      • New Families Program – playground events held after school at the start of the year to meet new parents and kids

      • Membership Communication (Directory, Roar Newsletter, Website hosting)

    • Teacher and Staff Support
      • Teacher Supplies – supplies and/or equipment for each classroom

      • Awards and Appreciation – events like Staff Appreciation Week activities

      • Administrative and other operations expenses like PTA education classes, Tax filing, PayPal, etc.

    • Legislative Advocacy – locally and in Olympia  



OUR GUIDING Principles

  1. The amount to be raised will be a joint effort between fundraising and programs. We will not raise money for its own sake and program budgets will be set with fundraising levels in mind. Our biggest fundraiser is the Lakeridge Ask Campaign where the Lakeridge PTA asks each family to donate at one of three donation levels (Pride Leader, Big Cat or Lion).

  2. Lakeridge parents desire to focus their volunteer time towards activities that support their children, staff and parent peers. The need to volunteer to assist with fundraising activities should be minimal compared to other volunteering opportunities.

  3. We will strive to increase the percentage of families donating to support PTA programs. Our goal is 100% family participation.

  4. We will avoid the use of competitive fundraisers that encourage our children to sell or buy items.

  5. Fundraising vendors should be evaluated not only on price and service, but also on other factors such as whether or not they are local or not-for-profit. 



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