Contributing to the Barton Fund is the most efficient way to help every student and teacher at Barton Open School. It’s fast and it makes a huge difference without creating additional time-intensive fundraisers. No gift wrap or candy bar sales!
Donations to the Barton Fund are tax deductible. The money raised directly helps our school by funding items such as teaching assistants for selected programs, computers for classrooms, and technology upgrades in the media center. Every gift also adds supplies, arts programs, field trips and similar direct help to the classrooms. Any size gift is needed and appreciated.
If you have given in the past, thank you so much. We hope you will help our students and teachers again with your generosity.
If you haven’t yet joined this effort, please consider it now. It takes only a few minutes of your time to help every Barton student.
Please give generously, so Barton can continue to offer students a rich experience!
Dahkliga dugsiga Barton waa mid aad muhiim uu ah tabaaruca schoolka. Siyabaha aad wax uga baran kartiid dakhliga waxqabaad kisa iyo waliba siidi aad uga qayb qaadan lahayd ,fadlan kalaa soo xidhiid Nasra Hassan qadka taleefonka oo ah: 612-668-3580 ama emailka ah: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations made to the Barton Fund are held and managed by The Barton School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. The other primary sources of funds for the Barton School Foundation are two fundraisers, FUNdraisers and the Annual Plant Sale. Grants, corporate education & giving programs (Box Tops, Target, Amazon Smile, Kowalski's) and other programs & events (Lowbrow dinner, Kind of the Log, Ink Jet Recylcing, Roller Garden) also contribute to the total available Foundation funds.
2015-16 Sources of Foundation Funds
Each Spring, the Principal and the Assistant Principal assess the schools needs and weigh input they have gotten over the past year. They then get together with the Barton Foundation treasurer and prepare a proposed budget. The proposed budget is presented to the Leadership Council in the context of the overall school budget including the money that comes from the district. Those present at the meeting then discuss, debate, propose changes, etc. When discussion is complete, a vote is taken to endorse the revised budget. This vote can be for the full budget or it can be for selected parts that are agreed to with the remainder to be debated and discussed at a future meeting. Often, this process has extended into the fall of the following year. These meetings are open to anyone in the community. Final voting on the budget is limited to Leadership Council members. The portion of the budget utilizing Barton Foundation funds is then approved by the Foundation Board. This step is strictly to insure that the budget is in compliance with the Foundation charter.
Every year Barton Foundation funds, raised by families and friends in the Barton community, are used to support the educational experience of our children. In recent years the Barton Foundation has supported programs like the following:
Environmental Education Opportunities: Wolf Ridge, Camp St. Croix, and Eagle Ridge are some of the environmental learning centers Barton students have experienced. These are typically overnight trips with days full of outdoor learning.
Midwest Food Connection: Ask your child about Uli and Haruko! These educators visit classrooms from K through 5th grade introducing students to nutritious food, inspiring them to prepare and eat new dishes, teaching about organic and regional food production.
Art Materials: Whether in homeroom or Art specialist class, students use pens, pastels, glaze, paint, brushes, glue, paper, poster board, books, markers, clay, tile and more.
We are using PayPal for our online donations to reduce the fees. You do NOT need to have a PayPal account to donate online. If you want to donate using a credit card, after clicking the Donate button, above, look for the "Don't have a Paypal Account?" section and click the Continue option. You will then be able to type in credit card information.
Yes, there are a variety of ways you can donate to the Barton School Foundation:
It is important that every family have a means of contributing to the school and for families that can not financially donate, there is the option of contributing through volunteering time with the other fundraisers. You can help organize, promote or sell plants. These are important contribution to the overall fundraising effort.
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In 2002, a group of parents solicited funds from families at Barton to offset the huge budget deficit, in an effort to restore programs that were to be cut. The response was tremendous, but the need for a long-term solution was clear. Barton parent volunteers now emphasize an annual contribution from as many families as possible, with a goal to minimize additional, time consuming fundraisers.
If you’re interested in helping out or have any questions about the Barton Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Thanks to Kelly Verbrick for creating the Barton Fund logo and Brenda Johnson for materials design!!