Invest in Our Children Annual Appeal



Fall 2021



Dear 276 Families,


One of the main goals of the PS/IS 276 PTA is to raise funds to fill the gaps left by the NYC Department of Education’s budget. Thankfully, contributions from 276 families like yours, make it possible for the principal, Terri Ruyter, to continually adapt programs and ensure that our school has thrived, despite the unprecedented challenges she has faced over the past two years. 


As we strive to rebuild and strengthen our 276 community, the PTA has been able to support enrichment to develop strong academic skills as well as social-emotional programs. Additionally, our school continues to need support from the PTA for professional development of our teachers, school supplies and updated technology.


Despite the transitions and changes that have occurred during the pandemic, PS/IS 276 is one of the only downtown schools that are still supporting programs like:

  • Music program & band program
  • Spanish program
  • Full time  librarian
  • Math coach
  • Chess
  • Several other programs such as lunch clubs, puberty program, a new study skills program, and grade wide enrichment programs like the 2nd grade Center for Architecture program.


We ask every family to contribute so we can support these wonderful programs. In past years, we have asked for $875 per child. This year we are asking families to contribute at least between $875 and $1000. Since Covid has made large social gatherings impossible, the standard mechanisms for fundraising have become obsolete. We are in the process of reimagining events for the school, and soon hope we can get back to the traditional events that helped support the school. In the meantime, we are requesting families consider a donation surpassing their generous gifts in the past to keep the programs listed above. Please keep in mind that the PS/IS 276 PTA is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.


All donations help, and if the one time donation is a stretch, please consider a smaller, recurring monthly donation, like $75 to $100 per child. Also, many corporations will match donations, so check with your employer to see if your company will match your donation.  


We look forward to gathering together again soon. Until then, let’s get ready for what’s next and the future of 276!


Your PS/IS 276 PTA





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