Garfield High School serves an incredibly diverse group of students whose talents come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While enrolled, our children both learn from and teach each other ways to engage with the world. The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) supports these explorations by raising money to support the teachers, staff, administrators, and students within our community in a variety of ways, big and small.
Our role as a PTSA is to support learning that helps our kids discover who they are and find their own unique voices. This year, our students face the additional challenge of learning remotely, due to a pandemic that is also increasing economic instability in the lives of students. Although disappointed that we can’t come together in person to enjoy our rich tradition of school events, as a community we can still make a difference. For example, the PTSA recently took steps to more than double our funding of Garfield High’s student assistance programs that distribute gift cards to those in-need of basics such as food and personal care products. We accomplished this by re-directing budget previously allocated to in-person events and administrative tools not effective in the current school environment.
The Garfield Community PTSA’s Annual Fund — powered by your donations — funds programs aligned with the vision and goals of our school to boost the success of every student at Garfield.
Funds raised go to classroom and library support including books and supplies, small grants to teachers, and student-led initiatives including the Congress of Racial Equity program. The PTSA’s biggest focus continues to be funding academic achievement programs such as AmeriCorps teacher aides, Y-Scholars, College Access Now, and PSAT test access. We also contribute to teacher professional development, staff appreciation, student health and wellness supports.
Today, on behalf of your PTSA, I write asking every family at Garfield to join together and contribute what you can to the Annual Fund. All gifts, large and small, are essential in helping us achieve our goal: To give our students access to a challenging and rich education at Garfield—an education that goes beyond the classrooms and leaves them knowing they have the power to transform the world.
Please join us by giving in support every student who walks through the doors of GHS!
With deep gratitude,
Tracy Reed, 2020-2021 Annual Fund chair