PTA Programs vs Arts/Science Programs
What's the Difference?
We are fortunate to have many supplemental programs at Bonneville that are made possible by fundraising efforts. These programs enrich our children's school experience and contribute to Bonneville's ranking as one of the top schools in the state. Understanding the different supplemental programs and how they are funded is complicated, particularly so because of the split between PTA programs and Art/Science programs. Please read below for an explanation of the difference between these programs.
Supplemental programs funded by the PTA include a portion of Accelerated Reader software, Field Trip Buses, additional Recess Aids, Teacher Support (including technology purchases), Spirit Wear for all students, Family Fun Week, Library Books, Student Development, and Reading Olympics, among others. These programs are funded by our PTA fundraisers. The primary PTA fundraiser is the Fun Run, with additional funding from smaller fundraisers like discount cards, Box Tops, t-shirt sales, etc. (See PTA's annual income and expenses.) Decisions about PTA fundraising, programming, and spending are made by PTA members, as led by the PTA Executive Board, with input from Bonneville staff.
Salt Lake School District requires schools to separate fundraising for any supplemental arts and science programs from other fundraising. Any money we raise for supplemental arts and science programs is held in reserve by the Salt Lake Education Foundation (SLEF) for us to spend on art and science programs. These programs include two quarter-time art teachers (to supplement Jenny Davis's half-time), our science teacher (Amy Bell), art and science supplies, art and science field trips, Hands on Science, and Listen to the Music. These programs are funded by our Art/Science fundraisers. The Art/Science fundraisers include Art Night, Grandparent Letters, the Bash, and Bash Corporate Sponsors (Please click here to read an important letter sent to parents about fundraising changes in 2015 for Art/Science programs). Decisions about arts and science fundraising, programming, and spending are made jointly by Bonneville staff and arts and science volunteeers.