The Teasley PTA and PAWS Foundation are trying to do something we have never done before. This school year, we made it our goal to replace the outdoor “dirt” field that our children play on during P.E., recess, and Field Days with a clean artificial turf field. The current field was created when Teasley received our building extension through Ed-SPLOST IV funds. However, the field has never been able to grow grass because of constant use by our students, and the field does not drain properly when it rains, resulting in an unusable muddy field during rainy seasons. We asked and learned that Cobb County School District does not have the funds to fix the field.
We received an estimate from a highly recommended company to install an artificial turf field and at $4/square foot, it costs almost $46,000. We are pleased to announce that we recently received a grant of $10,000 toward a new athletic turf field from the Home Depot Foundation. Thank you, Home Depot!
A few years ago, Teasley parents decided that the PAWS Foundation’s primary fundraiser would the annual Tiger Fund check campaign, through which we ask parents to give a direct donation to support our school. The initial phase of this year’s campaign raised $22,467. Donations can be made throughout the year, and we hope that you’ll consider the PAWS Foundation in your year-end giving. This year, PAWS Foundation funds will go towards our STEM specialist’s salary, STEM resources, IB learner profile books for every classroom, and a portion of the athletic field. Beyond the Tiger Fund check campaign, PAWS is supported through our community sponsors, spirit nights, ASP enrichments, Birthday Grams, Candy Grams, and the Santa Shop.
The Teasley PTA decided, around the same time, also with parent input, that we would no longer sell items like gift-wrap, chocolates and magazines as our primary fundraiser. We began partnering with The Get Movin’ Crew to allow our students to reach out to extended family and friends to invite them to sponsor their child as they run the Tiger Trot to support our school. This year, the Tiger Trot fun run will be on Nov. 10 during the school day. All students will run the Tiger Trot course along with their class during their specials period and students have been preparing in P.E. with Coach Homansky and Coach Sessions.
Tiger Trot packets will be going home with your child on Monday. We have fun incentives planned for classrooms with 100% participation (every child contributes at least $1), and for classes raising the most money. Our goal for the Tiger Trot fundraiser is to bring in $40,000 to support the PTA budget and pay for the remaining cost of the athletic turf field. The PTA budget supports school areas including all specials, clinic, teacher grants for classroom supplies, scholastic magazines, and so much more. For more information on how PTA funds support Teasley, go to www.teasleytigers.com/tiger-trot. We are excited to raise the rest of the money for the athletic field!
Thank you for enriching the lives and education of all of our children by supporting the Teasley PTA and PAWS Foundation.
Irene Wong Linda Trocano
Teasley Elementary PTA Teasley Tiger PAWS Foundation