Q: What is Invest in Hillcrest?
A: Invest in Hillcrest is the fundraising arm of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). There are two fundraising events per year-one is the Direct Campaign at the beginning of the year and the other is HedgiePalooza which is an adults-only social evening with live music.

Q: Where does the money go?
A: The money raised goes to support students and teachers by providing financial assistance for children to attend field trips and after school clubs, to buy school supplies for children in need, to purchase classroom supplies for teachers, to support extra-curricular events such as literature night, math and science night, international night, the fish release program and and liability insurance for all PTA-sponsored activities. It also provides in school enrichment such as assemblies, healthy kids initiatives, the courtyard and outdoor classroom and the classroom butterflies. Money also goes to support the kindergarten picnic,the 5th grade picnic and dance and the 4th of July Parade float.

Q: How much money should I give?
A: We are suggesting that each family (not child) give $125 to our direct campaign. This one-time payment eliminates the need to sell wrapping paper, pizza kits, candy and other items to raise funds. 100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly to the programs, whereas with other fundraising programs, there are extensive administrative costs which result in less funds being donated to our mission. You are certainly not limited to the $125 gift, if you choose to give more. You are also welcome to give less, if $125 is not the right amount for you. In addition, we encourage parents to contact their companies about their matching gifts program.

Q: So if I pay this one-time fee and attend HedgiePalooza, are those the only things I will be asked to pay for the year?
A: Invest in Hillcrest Direct Giving Campaign and HediePalooza are the only PTA sponsored giving campaigns, however; the school itself sponsors several other fundraising initiatives such as Race for Education, Jump Rope for Heart and ArtWorks. Whether it is Invest in Hillcrest or Race for Ed, all programs work together to complement each other and cohesively address the multiple needs of the school. The Invest in Hillcrest campaign allows the PTA – in concert with the school – to reflect the priorities of the membership; while the Race for Education allows the school – in concert with the PTA – to address the priorities of the staff and administration. Additionally, part of why both Invest and the Race are so effective and complementary is because they target different audiences, with different methodologies.

Q: What is Race for Education?
A: This is a school sponsored event which provides parents, extended family and friends an opportunity to support our children as they “race for technology.” This event promotes a healthy lifestyle for our children and allows them to participate directly in improving their school, as it raises money for much-needed instructional technology. One hundred percent of the money raised in this initiative goes directly to purchase technology to make our classroom experience the best it can be for our children.

Q: What is ArtWorks?
A: ArtWorks is a school-driven fund raising initiative where a work of art your child creates in art class is able to be transposed onto items that you can then purchase, such as a coffee mug or note pad. These make great holiday gifts and the money raised goes to the Hillcrest art program.

Q: What else should I know?
A: There are a host of other activities throughout the year whose primary purpose is community outreach, but which may contribute to PTA funds. Examples of this are Spirit Nights, Movie Nights, etc. hosted by the Chess Club, or other clubs.

Q: How do I donate?
A: Visit our website at www.HillcrestElementaryPTA.com to make a secure online donation by credit card through PayPal; Mail a check to Hillcrest PTA, 1500 Road, Catonsville, MD 21228 Attention: Invest in Hillcrest; bring a check to Back to School Night; don’t forget to check if your company makes matching donations – it’s free money for our kids! All donations are tax deductible, Hillcrest PTA is a 501c3 organization. The Hillcrest Elementary School PTA’s tax identification number is 52-0667483, group 1999 under PTA Maryland Congress of Parent and Teachers, Inc.

For additional information on Invest in Hillcrest, please contact: investinhillcrest@gmail.com.