Support Whittier Kids and Staff!

Whittier PTA is raising money for Whittier International Elementary School.

What is Whittier PTA?

We're the Parent-Teacher Association for Whittier International Elementary, a K-5 public magnet school in Minneapolis. The Whittier PTA's mission is to advocate for the education and well-being of all the 600+ children attending our school. We do this by supporting teachers, staff, students and families through organizing community events and raising money for school programs.

Give to the Max Day is one of the easiest ways to directly contribute to the Whittier school community. For #GTMD17, our goal is to raise $5,000 for our school from at least 50 donors.

How does your donation help?

Whittier PTA funds a variety of programs that enhance Whittier's International Baccalaureate (IB) program which challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.  In past years, Give to the Max Day has helped raise almost 15% of our budget for the year.  Funds cover many different items, including:

- Field Trips: Learning outside the classroom through field trips (such as Sea Life, Science Museum of Minnesota, Bakken Museum, Children's Theater Company) expands our students' opportunities for inquiry and engagement with the world around them.
- MacPhail-Whittier Partnership: Whittier International partners with the MacPhail Center for Music to provide music instruction in grades K-5--Whittier PTA helps fund the program while grants cover the rest
- Classroom Resources: The PTA supports teachers and staff in purchasing materials/supplies or pay for other education-related expenses that aren't part of the district budget. Examples include author talks, carts for mobile classrooms, learning software, mailboxes, and classroom seating rugs.
- Amity Internship Program: Every year Whittier PTA sponsors a teacher from a Spanish-speaking country to come teach in our school. The Amity intern provides Spanish instruction and a unique perspective to students while supporting Whittier's language program. Whittier PTA fully funds this program and Whittier families host the intern each year. 

Please help us raise $5000 between now and November 16!

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