Of course, all this fun and assistance requires money to implement and we engage in several fundraising activities throughout the school year. The overwhelming generosity of the Sam community is integral to our ability to provide so much to our children and we are sincerely grateful for every penny given.
This is by far our biggest fundraiser providing over $50,000 in funds each time we do it. Every 18 months we provide volunteer staff for two days of casino activities at a nearby casino. This event is very important to our balance sheet and requires many volunteers but it is also a terrifically fun and easy adventure and an interesting experience for people watching.
This is our first big fundraising endeavour of each school year and makes for a busy but enjoyable September. Students bring home coupon books to sell to family, friends, and neighbours. Sam gets a healthy percentage of all sales, typically earning over $10,000 annually. Sam has also been the best-selling school in all of Calgary with this program for several years running.
A smaller fundraising program but one that runs year round, Fundscrip allows you to purchase gift cards and have a small percentage of your purchase get reimbursed to the school. The program is incredibly simple, just go to the Fundscript website and enter our Group Code F85BPT. A great way to help the school while buying Christmas or Birthday gifts, teacher gifts, or even your weekly shopping purchases.
If buying things isn’t of interest and your valuable time is better used elsewhere, we also gladly accept a cheque donation if you prefer to help that way. Simply write a cheque made out to ASLSC and send it to school in an envelope with your child and it will get delivered to our treasurer.
Our school spirit events are all conducted on a “break even” expectation. We do not view them as fundraisers. That being said, thanks to the enthusiasm and kindness of our families, these events always manage to make a small, but meaningful, profit which is used to fund our enhanced learning activities.
We are always open to new fundraising ideas. If you know of one that could be an ideal addition to our roster of fundraisers, by all means bring it to our attention. If you wish to champion said fundraiser, all the better. We’d love to hear from you.