Commonly Asked Questions


Question:  If you collect more money than what is needed for field trips, will the PTO keep the extra money for other programs?


Answer:  No.  All money raised from this campaign will go to the schools for the sole use of field trips.  If we are fortunate enough to collect more money than what is needed this school year, the request/cost for each student will be adjusted in the ask next year.


Question:  If not enough money is raised to cover field trips, will the PTO decide which field trips to cut? 


Answer:  No.  The PTO is not making any decisions about how the money is spent.  The PTO is only trying to assist the school in maintaining field trips through collecting funds to cover costs.  The schools will be responsible for deciding how the funds are allocated.


Question:  If you don’t collect enough money through this campaign to cover field trips, will you supplement with funds raised through other PTO fundraisers? 


Answer:  No.  We need all of the money expected to be raised from fundraisers to fund existing enrichment programs such as the Naturalists, Art Residencies, Recess Rockstars, planned speakers on Kindness, Camp Idahupi, etc.  Since we cut our collection of annual Dues, we rely solely on our fundraisers and do not have the excess money in our budget to supplement Field Trip expenses.


Question:  What happens if I don’t pay?  Does that mean my child/children can’t go on field trips? 


Answer:  No.  The schools will not be looking at who paid or did not pay.  All children will go on planned and funded field trips regardless of whether their family contributed.  With that being said; however, students' field trips will be cancelled or modified if the required amount of money is not raised.  


Question: Can I give more to help cover families that can't give?


Answer: Of course!  The PTO has always had scholarships available for the students that families were unable to contribute and we would love to continue that ability.  Please give whatever dollar figure your family is able to.


Question:  Are you going to do this campaign again next year? 


Answer:   Yes.  The PTO expects moving forward it will continue to do a check writing campaign to collect funds for field trips.