Invest in Our Children Annual Appeal



Fall 2022



Dear 276 Families,


The Invest in Our Children Appeal is the annual funds request from the PS/IS 276 PTA. These funds fill the gaps left by the NYC Department of Education’s budget year after year and contribute to programs that give the PS/IS 276 students a well rounded educational experience.


Contributions from 276 families make it possible for principal Terri Ruyter and her team to continually adapt programs and ensure that our students have thrived despite challenges.


How your investment is used at PS/IS 276:

  • Full time Choral Music program for all grades, Advanced Chorus opportunities in Middle School and Music elective in 8th grade

  • Full time Band program in Elementary school, Advanced Band opportunities in Middle school and Band Elective in 8th grade

  • Full time Spanish program for elementary and 6th and 7th grade, 8th grade Advanced Spanish elective

  • A comprehensive library program that includes library education for students K-8, Maker Space, lunch clubs (such as knitting, sewing, Minecraft)

  • The Fablab program for 4th to 8th graders, and the Fablab elective for 8th graders

  • Chess with Coach Micah Saperstein

  • Puberty Education program with Kate Greenberg

  • Grade wide enrichment programs such as Center for Architecture program, Anne Frank Center, Marquis Studio, New York Historical Society

  • Professional Development of teachers to stay up to date with the latest teaching strategies (like Orton Gillingham learning)

  • Maintaining updated technology in the classrooms

  • Classroom funds allocated to update teaching materials

Learn more about how Invest in Our Children funds are used here.


We ask every family to contribute so we can support these wonderful programs. We would like to request $875- $1,000 per child for the year. We hope you consider giving generously, or giving what you can. Every donation counts!


Some things to remember:

  • PS/IS 276 PTA is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

  • We will gladly work with you to set up monthly recurring donations to offset any budgetary concerns.

  • We are also happy to help if you would like to set up corporate matching with your employer.

  • If you would like to contribute by check please contact the Treasurer at

Thank you for your contribution to making this the best school community yet!


Your PS/IS 276 PTA