Fundraising Importance and Strategies
Groton Community School is a private, non-profit organization. As such, fundraising plays an essential role in generating revenue needed for our school’s break-even budget to cover operating expenses and for special purchases, which enhance the curriculum, staff, and/or building and grounds. While raising money is an important goal, there is also a sincere desire to build community spirit with a network of committed volunteer parents and to reach out to the community.
Our main source of fundraising is our appeal to current GCS families, past families, alumni, and the community with our Annual Fund. We deeply appreciate the support of the community to help meet our expenses and enrich the educational experiences and learning environment at Groton Community School. Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible! Simply click to Donate.
2020-2021 GCS WORKSHOP SERIES
GCS Presents…. A Community-Building Workshop Series!
Thank you to local Chef Chris Frothingham of Groton Publick House and Great Road Kitchen for an absolutely fabulous cooking workshop!
DATE: Sunday, April 25th, 2021 at 5:00 pm. This was a virtual event hosted on Zoom.
MENU: Entree: English Pea & Bacon Tortelli with corn burro fuso and Parmesan Reggiano. Dessert: Molten Chocolate Cake with macerated raspberries
INCLUDES: Live instruction on Zoom included an insulated burlap bag, and some ingredients. Prior to the event, participants received handouts via email with information about supply pickup, Zoom information, an ingredient list, and the items needed on hand for the class. The session was limited to 30 participants.
All proceeds to benefit Groton Community School.
Please direct questions or technological concerns to Fundraising@grotoncommunityschool.org.
GCS WORKSHOP SERIES:
- December – Winter Wreath Making
- January – Winter Landscape Painting
- February – Floral Arranging Workshop
- Spring – Cooking Class
A Board of Directors fundraising focus for many years has been our annual Groton Community Home Tour, touring unique and distinctive homes, and offering an amazing selection of artisans and vendors, along with a Chance Table with fabulous items to win. We hope to return to our annual community event next year! In the interim, please see the fun alternative Groton Community Tour held in October 2020!
CORPORATE SPONSORED OPPORTUNITIES
Families and Friends of GCS are encouraged participate in the Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smiles Programs. Click on the icons/links below to get more information on how to select “Groton Community School” as your charity of choice! A percentage is then given to the school for each purchase you make!
With all the online shopping these days, it has never been easier to benefit GCS by placing your Amazon orders through www.smile.amazon.com! Simply select Groton Community School as your charity, and ask friends and family to do the same! Click to learn more!
The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online.
If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.
ASSORTED FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Each year the Board of Directors offers a variety of smaller fundraising projects for families and friends to choose from. Past fundraising projects have included community auctions, children’s special events, plant sales, yard sales, school photos, and the sale of specialized merchandise.
Purchase gift cards for family, friends, or even yourself at places you regularly shop, and earn a percentage for GCS at no extra cost to you! Orders can be placed on paper or online during active Groton Community School Scrip Gift Card Fundraisers, with payment by cash or check. Click for details in our Spring 2021 Scrip Gift Card Letter 2 to register at www.ShopWithScrip.com with GCS Enrollment Code AADF28BF18393, and be ready for holidays, general gift-giving, home-improvement projects, and everyday shopping! Or you can see our June 2021 Scrip Order Form for all the options.
Online Order Deadline for Free Shipping to School is June 7, 2021.
GCS APPAREL AND MERCHANDISE
Show your school spirit! Groton Community School apparel and merchandise can be ordered or purchased at the school with a check or cash. We have a selection of items for children and adults, including caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, and more!
GCS Apparel Sale – Spring 2021
While our GCS Spring Apparel Sale has ended, we do have a limited number of certain items on hand for sale at the school, including a few t-shirts and sweatshirts, hats, some water bottles, recycle bags, burlap totes, and Camp Kaleidoscope bags. For more information, inquire at the Front Desk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, we cannot take additional special orders for GCS spring apparel at this time. Please refer to our GCS Apparel Order Form – May 2021 for the types of options we typically carry, and check back with us soon!