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“Thanks to PledgeStar, we raised $16,000 more than we did last year!”

PERRI PENDLETON, CIRCLE VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

June 6, 2020

Long Beach Little League Hits a Homerun with the Help of PledgeStar!

In Long Beach, California, a Little League with a long, rich history, tried something new. Its neglected fields and out-of-date dugouts were in need of attention, but the fundraisers the players had been holding for several years just weren’t making the cut. After sixty years in the making and two Little League World Series championships,…

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May 15, 2020

PTA Members Act Fast to Convert Jog-a-Thon to Social Distancing Build-a-Thon; Raise over $85,000!

The COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of families across America to face unprecedented challenges. In addition to health and safety concerns, parent volunteers were worried about raising money for their schools. Cancelled Spring fundraising events meant schools would lack vital funding for future events, supplies, and programs when school resumed in the Fall. When they realized…

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March 2, 2020

St. Peter’s Ditches the Post and Quintuples Their Goal!

For over eleven years, principal JR West worked very hard to organize fundraisers for St. Peter’s School in Waldorf, Maryland. He put on elaborate galas, themed fun runs, family field days, and classroom read-a-thons. Planning, executing, and analyzing the success of the events has taken hours of his time, so he recently decided to simplify…

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February 3, 2020

Patterson Panthers Dash Ahead and Raise More than Ever!

In the spring of 2019, Portland area parents and students received dismal news from the local school district: more budget cuts and a big hit for public school funding. Thousands of community members later staged a protest in the streets of downtown Portland and many wore “Red For Ed” T-shirts to demonstrate their concern. Fortunately…

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January 1, 2020

Maple Dale Elementary Surpasses Every Obstacle!

In the fall of 2019, parent volunteer and PTO Vice President Jamie Rosen wanted to simplify things. She worked hard on fundraising for her kids’ school the year before and wanted a way to earn even more money for Maple Dale Elementary, all while spending less time volunteering. Surprisingly, she figured out a way to…

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November 1, 2019

Volunteer Librarian Uses PledgeStar to Buy Books for Her School

At Sherwood Charter Elementary School south of Portland, Oregon, a volunteer librarian was finally able to purchase new books for her students by organizing a PledgeStar read-a-thon. Parent volunteer Shannon Burns has worked in the school’s library for about two years when she had the idea. She was attending a PTA meeting when she heard…

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October 1, 2019

Melrose Stars Reach for the Moon and Double their Money At Annual Jog-a-Thon!

On Melrose Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles, California, a unique school with a diverse population managed to do something extraordinary at its annual jog-a-thon this year. In February of 2019, the Melrose Elementary Stars, as they are called, raised over $68,000 at their jog-a-thon, more than doubling their earnings from 2017. The school…

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September 1, 2019

Oceanside Elementary School Quadruples its Earnings in One Year Using PledgeStar; Adds $8,000 more in Second Year

South Oceanside Elementary school, or South O’, as the locals call it, brought in a record-breaking $22,000 this year at their annual jog-a-thon, surpassing last year’s dollar amount by $8,000 and increasing their 2017 average by almost seven times! Before the addition of PledgeStar’s online fundraising platform, the jog-a-thon at South O’ used to bring…

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