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WILLARD MIDDLE SCHOOL
Dear Willard Middle School Families,              
      
The Willard PTA hopes that you and your families remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Our teachers, staff and students have met the challenges of distance learning with flexibility, innovation and thinking outside the box. We look forward to the day when we can return to campus and be together as one Willard community.
 
In the meantime, the Willard PTA remains committed to supporting all Willard students with the opportunities they need to thrive academically, emotionally and socially. An important part of keeping our school vibrant is the financial support provided by donations from families to the PTA through direct giving (aka The Willard Fund).  
 
The amazing generosity of the Willard community over the last several years helped to provide the stability the Willard PTA needed when we had to cancel our Spring Gala Fundraiser in April and Fall Football parking for CAL games. That said, the needs are many and this is why, if you have the means and your family’s finances have not been hurt drastically by the pandemic, we are asking you to support our school with your donation today. Please also consider donating extra for those families who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and can’t make a donation now.
 
A few of many things your generous gift helps to provide:

Growing Leaders – our AMAZING cooking and gardening program where students learn from the “unconventional classroom of the kitchen and garden.”  Growing Leaders is currently donating food grown on campus to local food banks. (http://www.growingleadersbayarea.com/).

Teacher Classroom Stipends – for teachers 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 ease teaching from home.

More than 300 student athletes normally play on a variety of sports teams. During distance learning, of course, sports have been suspended, but when school resumes in person, sports will resume as well.

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.

Distance Learning – the PTA has funds available now to address pressing needs from technology to supplies as they arise.
 
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 for students, teachers and families for the rest of the year. 
 
Giving is easy:
 
  • IN PERSON: Cash and checks accepted at the Willard Office; make checks payable to “Willard PTA”.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 treasurer4willard@gmail.com. 

Thank you for your support of Willard!
 
Sincerely,
 
The Willard PTA
 
*Donations are tax deductible; Willard PTA Tax ID number is 94-6174782.
Questions? Please email willardmsfund@gmail.com.

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