Fundraising

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 hello@gibbsottosonpto.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)

-or-

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!

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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.

Smile.Amazon.com

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to GO PTO. Click here to view a video on how to choose GO PTO as your AmazonSmile charity, and then shop away!

NOTE:

  • If shopping on a browser: you must shop through the AmazonSmile website (not Amazon.com) for the schools to get a donation . If you want to automatically go to the AmazonSmile website when you shop, try a browser extension in your device's app store.

  • If using the Amazon app on your phone, you can now link Smile to the app
    -- Open your Amazon app.
    -- Find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰).
    -- Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

See this FAQ put together by the PTO for more tips and tricks to maximize your Smile donations for GO PTO.

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. There are TWO different ways to earn: (a) scanning reciepts to the app, or (b) collecting clippings. Read on for how to know when to SCAN and when to CLIP.

If the Graphic on the Packaging Looks Like This:

SCAN your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase to the Box Tops app. Pick 'Ottoson' as your school of choice (all earnings will go to the PTO to support both schools as always), and scan away!

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.

Go to www.boxtops4education.com for an updated product list, more on how the program works and why this shift to the app is happening.

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 neeeded.


If the Graphic on the Packaging Looks Like This:

CLIP it from the packaging, and send them in to school (there is a collection box in Gibbs and Ottoson's front office) and our Box Tops Coordinator Erin Daly will submit them. Any questions Email Erin (erinsdaly@gmail.com). While Box Tops will soon be digital only by using the app, Box Tops will honor all clipped Box Tops through their printed expiration dates*.

*For some products you can double-dip and get the school 2x the money by submitting the expiration-dated clip AND receipt the receipt to the app. Receipts for brands not participating in the 'double dip' will return a message in the App that they are ‘clip only’ with a reminder to submit the physical Box Top from the package to their participating school.

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards

This is a program where your Stop & Shop purchases between Sept 1 through March 15th earn money for our schools. Unfortunately, Stop & Shop has announced that they will not be continuing this program after the 2020-2021 school year and will instead put energies in to stocking local food pantries. We're sad to see this program go as it brought in a good $300-500 of passive income each year for our PTO, but we respect the new direction. Thank you to everyone who keyed in there Stop & Shop account number this year and in years past for Gibbs and Ottoson, we appreciate it!