Winners of PTA PrizesQ: What is Invest in Hillcrest?
A: Invest in Hillcrest is the fundraising arm of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We hold two fundraisers per year – one is the Direct Giving Campaign in the fall, and the other is the Read-a-thon in the winter. In addition, we partner with local businesses to host Spirit Events throughout the year.

Q. What is the Direct Giving Campaign?
A. The Direct Giving Campaign is our answer to traditional fundraising. The Direct Giving Campaign was created to eliminate year-round fundraising by asking Hillcrest families for a one-time donation. No more candy sales at your workplace on behalf of your child, no more asking your parents to buy wrapping paper! This campaign is held in the Fall with kick off at Back to School Night and it wraps up around Giving Tuesday with our envelope campaign.

Through the envelope campaign, we hope to communicate to families that it’s not about how much you give, but rather about participating in the PTA at whatever amount is right for them.  This campaign provides families with the opportunity to support the PTA monetarily, through volunteer services, and through PTA membership.

Q: Where does the money go?
A: The money raised goes to support extra-curricular events such as Literature Night, STEM Night, International Night, Earth Day and the 4th of July Parade float; to buy school supplies for children in need; to help subsidize classroom supply purchases made by teachers; to provide financial assistance for children to attend field trips and after school clubs; and to cover liability insurance for all PTA-sponsored activities. It also provides in school enrichment such as assemblies and the courtyard an outdoor classroom.

Q: How much money should I give?
A: We are suggesting that each family (not child) give what they can 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 $150 gift, if you choose to give more. You are also welcome to give less, if $150 is not the right amount for your family. In addition, we encourage parents to contact their companies about their matching gifts program.

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 Events, Bike Rally, Fun Runs, etc.

Q: How do I donate?

« VENMO @Hillcrest-PTA

« MAIL a check to Hillcrest PTA, 1500 Road, Catonsville, MD 21228 Attention: Invest in Hillcrest

« DROP donation in main office or send with your child

Many businesses will match your donation. Ask your HR department if that’s an option for you!

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