GO PTO focuses your donations and efforts in order to improve your child's school experiences at Gibbs and Ottoson, and financial support remains essential to fund these endeavours. Your donations help support things like a mini-grant program designed to meet student needs identified by faculty and staff, to help improve the work environment for teachers, teacher appreciation, and funding up to $200 to each teacher for classroom supplies.
If you have questions about how your contribution will be used, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The GOPTO Annual Fund
Rather than do bake sales or ask students to sell wrapping paper or candy bars, we ask Gibbs and Ottoson families to contribute to the GO PTO Annual Fund. Approximately 95% of our fundraising dollars each year come from this.
While the suggested amount is $75 per family, any amount is welcome, and no amount is too small.
Contributions can be made online via Paypal (click Annual Fund in the drop-down menu)
by sending a check* payable to GO PTO, and mailed to:Ottoson Middle School c/o GO-PTO Annual Fund 63 Acton Street Arlington, MA 02476
*Please include your name and email address on your check so we can thank you!
GO PTO is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your contribution is tax deductible. Ask your employer about matching gifts. Our Federal Tax ID is 31-1748001.
GOPTO Dining Days
Subscribe to the GOPTO newsletter for special dining days throughout the school year where local establishments donate a portion of the day's proceeds to GOPTO. Recent supporters include Abbott's Frozen Custard, Del's Frozen Lemonade, Arlington Cafe, Blue Ribbon BBQ, and WECO hospitality, and we're always on the lookout for more. If you own, or know of, a business that might be interested in this model, please let us know. Supporting a local business and the PTO at the same time is always a win-win!
Box Tops for Education
Purchase Box Tops Products and earn money for our schools. .10 c per product purchased. Sounds small but it adds up! See here for the list of participating products.
Look for this graphic on the packaging:
Open the Box Tops app and SCAN ['take a photo of'] your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase. Pick 'Ottoson' as your school of choice (all earnings will go to GOPTO to support both schools).
New to the app? Watch a brief 2 minute YouTube video on how to use the Box Tops app (and disregard 'credit memo' , we don't collect by class or grade)
Shopping online? See here for how to redeem digital receipts. As of Nov 2020, the ollowing digital receipts are currently eligible for Box Tops earnings: BJ's Wholesale Club - Costco - CVS - Fresh Direct - Google Express - Instacart* - Jet.com - Rite Aid - Target.com & Pickup/Drive-Up - Thrive - Walgreens - Wegmans and more!
Special Bonus Earnings! Earn extra cash for the school and save money while you shop with monthly special offers.
Box Tops FAQ: Go to www.boxtops4education.com for an updated product list, and how the program works .
If you have any trouble with the app, contact Box Tops, they WANT to help you learn how to use the app and value customer feedback if any improvements are needed.