On this Thanksgiving week, we extend our gratitude to the Willard community
-- students, teachers, staff, administrators, and families --
for stepping up in all the different ways you do
to make Willard the amazing place it is...

And, Willard still needs our support! Please consider making a donation to the Willard Fund today to help the Willard PTA in our commitment to supporting ALL Willard students with the opportunities they need to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. 

No donation is amount is too small - it all adds up for Willard! We would love participation from as many families as possible. So if you have the means and your family’s finances have not been hurt drastically by the pandemic, please donate today!

Why should you donate? What can PTA even fund during distance learning? We look forward to the day when we can return to campus and be together as one Willard community. In the meantime, your generous donations provide the stability the Willard PTA needs to continue funding the programs we love, and to provide new, emergency support for the pressing needs that distance learning has required.
A few of many critical things your generous gift helps to provide:

Teacher & Classroom Support –  Willard PTA provides all teachers with stipends to purchase anything from pens and poster boards to test tubes and modeling clay. During distance learning, many teachers have used their classroom stipend to buy equipment to facilitate teaching from home.

Distance Learning Support – the PTA has been supporting Willard this school year with funds available to address needs from technology, to supplies for students, to emergency support for families.  

Growing Leaders our AMAZING cooking and gardening program where students learn from the “unconventional classroom of the kitchen and garden” continues as an elective during distance learning, with innovative new lessons. Growing Leaders is also currently donating food grown on campus to local food banks. (

Clubs… from drama to GSA and more! Clubs and activities have been going on remotely, and will get back in full swing when school physically reopens.

More than 300 student athletes normally play on a variety of sports teams, supported by funds from the PTA. During distance learning, of course, sports have been suspended, but as soon as sports can resume we want to be ready to welcome our student athletes back to this program!
Your tax-deductible*, direct giving to the Willard Fund is the most efficient and effective way for you to give your support to our school. The PTA needs to raise $200 per student to fully fund our programs. The more we raise through direct giving, the fewer fundraisers we will need and the more time and energy we have for organizing events and support for students, teachers and families for the rest of the year. 
Giving is easy:
  • ONLINE – Click the green button above or find the "Donate to the Willard Fund" button on our website. You can make a one-time or recurring donation. Share this link with friends and family who may want to support Willard. 
  • BY MAIL: Mail checks to Willard PTA, 2425 Stuart Street, Berkeley, CA 94705.
  • COMPANY MATCH: Check if your employer matches employee donations. Matching donations can also be sent to the Willard PTA at the address above. For questions about matching donations please email the PTA Treasurer at

With Gratitude,
The Willard PTA
*Donations are tax deductible; Willard PTA Tax ID number is 94-6174782.
Questions? Please email
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