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

PERRI PENDLETON, CIRCLE VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

February 14, 2017

M-O-N-E-Y For the Win! Playa Del Rey Spell-A-Thon

The winners of the 2016 Playa del Rey Elementary School Spell-A-Thon weren’t just the top spellers in each class. The entire school won this year when they almost quadrupled their past earnings and brought in over $17,000 in donations! Kids were thrilled about the exciting magic show they were awarded as one of the cool…

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January 5, 2017

SUMAC Elementary Nearly Doubles Their Fundraising Goal

In 2015, SUMAC Elementary School raised close to $40,000 at their annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. Unfortunately, the school ended up keeping only half of those funds. The full-service fundraising company they hired to run their Jog-A-Thon charged fifty percent of all earnings – in this case, around $20,000! The next year, parent volunteer Megan Glynn said…

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May 16, 2016

Groveland Elementary School’s Inaugural Read-A-Thon A Great Success!

For their fall fundraiser, Groveland Elementary volunteers wanted to do something unique and unprecedented in their school’s history. Not only did they want to raise money for their academic programs, but they also wanted to incorporate a learning initiative in the fundraising process. The result was a highly successful month-long Read-A-Thon, a fun and educational…

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June 10, 2015

Del Mar Schools Education Foundation Fills Gaps Left By State Budget Cuts

Fifteen years ago, when the State of California budget cuts threatened to limit K-12 students’ access to extra-curricular subjects like music and art, a group of concerned parents decided they wanted more for their children. Along with the Del Mar Union School District, the parents worked to establish the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF),…

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June 10, 2015

Allen Elementary Keeps the Fun in Fundraising

To make sure their 5th Annual “Run for the Gold” Jog-A-Thon event was fun for all her students, Principal Teresa Wilkinson of Allen Elementary School made sure they all had a chance to win prizes even if they were not able to fundraise for the event. She encouraged students to bring in donations to help…

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June 3, 2015

Church Sports Ministry Uses PledgeStar to Double its Fundraising Goal

When Dana Wakamoto was placed in charge of fundraising for the Wintersberg Sports Ministry this year she knew she had a big task in front of her. The youth basketball program includes boys and girls teams ranging from grades 2-8, and fundraises annually in order to keep costs down. Dana Wakamoto recognized the need for…

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May 27, 2015

With PledgeStar, Wagon Wheel Elementary only needs one fundraiser

In 2013, Wagon Wheel Elementary’s fundraising consisted of gift wrap sales, See’s Candy sales and a Jog-A-Thon that raised about $18,000 in donations from parents, family and friends using a traditional cash and check collection system. In the Spring of 2014, PTA President Kim Bernabe added PledgeStar’s online fundraising system to their Jog-A-Thon “just to…

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