Why should I donate?

The Big Creek Elementary PTO seeks to fund programs and events to provide a well-rounded education in an enriching environment. In order to financially support these programs, we request monetary contributions from families and friends of the Big Creek community.  Without sufficient donations, we cannot provide these critical programs to our students. The BCES PTO supports programs that benefit ALL students at Big Creek Elementary.


What does the donation support?

Your donation supports a variety of programs and grants provided to our staff and students. This year we hope to fund our PaRc Principal's Project, Teacher Grants, Holiday Shop, Spirit Wear, Hospitality, Administration, Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Events, 5th Grade Events, Movie Night, Around the World, BINGO Night, Talent Show, New Family Breakfast, Open House, STEM Night, Impressions, Exceptional Child Week, Veteran's Day Celebration, and more.


What happens if the PTO does not get enough donations? 

If we cannot raise sufficient funds, grants and activities could face cancellation. The Big Creek ES PTO  would need to prioritize programming and cut various activities.


What is the recommended donation amount per student? 

The recommended donation amount for 2019-2020 for each student is $73 ($50,000 divided by 685 students is $72.99). Each year, the Executive Board and Board of Directors (event Committee Chairs) work together to create a budget. At the beginning of the school year, the Big Creek Elementary School PTO votes to approve the budget at a General PTO Meeting where everyone is invited to attend. Based on the estimated costs of running the programs, the Budget Committee determines an ask amount for each student. Our estimated cost of running all programs and staff is around $80,000. Our target fundraising goal is $50,0000 with the remaining $30,000 coming from corporate matching, food sales, Talent Show tickets, and programs like Amazon Smile, Coca Cola rewards, and Box Tops for Education. Remember that ALL students at Big Creek Elementary benefit from these programs. 


Our fundraising history shows that we have between 50 and 60% of our families who donate to our fundraisers.  Based on this level of participation we encourage families who are able to donate more money to do so to please help us reach our goals.  



I cannot afford the suggested donation per student. What should I do?

We would like for you to contribute what is comfortable for you. Every donation makes a difference. It is the hundreds of individual donations that collectively add up to the grand total raised each year. We strive for 100% participation.


Public school is supposed to be free. Why am I being asked to pay?

Without Big Creek Elementary PTO funding, many of the programs that enrich our children's curriculum would not be possible as District funding barely covers rising expenses and mandated programs. The programs funded by parent contributions are what will bridge the gap and keep our schools performing at a level we are proud of and have come to expect.


How do I donate?

During the 2019-2020 school year we will have 2 fundraisers - our Fall Write-a-Check fundraiser where we keep 100% of the money we raise (held in September) and our Spring Read-a-Thon (held in March).  Please look for fundraising materials to be sent home with your students at that time.  


During our fundraisers:

  • Donations can be made by cash, check or credit/debit card.  
  • Credit card, debit card, or PayPal payment can be made online through our PTO Website (please make sure you have created an account)

There is also the option to donate online here:


For check payments, please fill out the pledge form and turn it in to your student's teacher of the Big Creek front office. Please make checks payable to "BCES PTO".  


Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations to Big Creek ES PTO, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, may be 100% tax-deductible. Please contact us at fundraiser@bigcreekespto.com if you need a donation receipt.


How do I get corporate matching for my donation?

There are many companies who offer matching services.  Please contact your employer to see if they will match your donation our PTO. Click here for printable information.


Organization name: BCES PTO, Inc.

Organization EIN (Tax ID): 82-1858102

Organization address: 1994 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041

Organization contact person: Caroline Russo (president@bigcreekespto.com)

Organizational Contact Phone: (678)-517-2146

Organization purpose: The mission of the Big Creek Elementary School PTO is to enable and inspire our diverse student body to achieve academic excellence, by developing a strong connection between school and home, encouraging parent involvement, and sustaining a close relationship between parents, teachers and students.

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