As well, the APA holds fundraising events throughout the year, like the Fun Fair held in June, the monthly Pizza Lunch program, Lip Synch and Big Night Out. Proceeds support the APA’s initiatives. All donations are used to benefit teaching, learning and enrich the Allenby experience. The APA contributes between $70,000 – $100,000 dollars to the school every year.
Parents are asked to contribute through a letter campaign at the start of each school year. Participation is voluntary and optional. We encourage each family to contribute $50 per child.
In June a proposed budget, prepared by the APA Executive Board, is presented at the APA meeting and then voted on for approval/revisions at the September meeting. Discussion of the individual line items take place at both the June and September meetings. Throughout the school year, new requests may be brought forward. These could be for additional expenditures and/or revising the terms of past decisions. The APA works closely with the school administration to ensure funding is slated for high priority needs. In 2016, the APA undertook a major review of its budget. Through a parent survey and close collaboration with staff and administration, the APA worked to align its budget with the school’s Key Priorities (Tech, STEM (science, tech, engineering & math), Literacy and Mindfulness).
In past years, APA donations have provided for programs like Scientist in the School, Artist in the School, stipends for classroom materials, the school-wide Lice Check program, landscaping in the schoolyard, sporting equipment and our Hall of Fame, Character Education programs, as well as information technology, like SMART™ Boards in our classrooms.
The monthly APA meetings are minuted and the minutes are posted online at least a week before the next meeting. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend any APA meeting, including those where fundraising is discussed. They are held the last Wednesday of the month in the school library from 7-9 pm. The APA provides childcare at these meetings. Our financial statements and budgets are also available at the APA website.
Unfortunately, all schools in Ontario are doing more with less. Allenby has increased dramatically in size in the last decade and budgets have not always kept pace. Many organizations, like the lobbying group People for Education, have done research to demonstrate the degree to which parent fundraising is subsidizing aspects of many school operations. The reality is that we are lucky to be part of a community where parent involvement and financial support is available; thanks to many volunteers and donors each year, all our children stand to benefit.