And the Raise Craze Results Are in …

Thank you for making the spring fundraiser an overwhelming success!!

  • Our Dragons accomplished 1,018 acts of kindness in our school and local community.
  • We had 100% participation!
  • Our families and friends have paid it forward by helping us fundraise $26,279, which will support our students, teachers and staff.

This type of fundraiser was an experiment for us, and we weren’t sure what the results would be. In previous years, we held Boosterthons. While fun and high-energy, the fundraising assemblies cut into class time and focused on competing for incentives to raise money. In our current environment, it no longer seemed the best fit for our school. But it was hard to argue with Boosterthon’s success at raising money. Still, we decided to try a different approach by partnering with Raise Craze. It seemed a better fit for our Dragons by focusing on positive values and allowing students to earn recognition for the kindness they showed to others rather than asking for donations.

Compared to pre-Covid Boosterthon, although our net amount raised is lower by about $3,000, we actually raised $6.84 more per student. (We compare by student since current enrollment is 527 compared to 691 then.) Although Boosterthon raised more on the front-end, nearly 50% went to Boosterthon fees and associated costs. With Raise Craze, our costs were lowered, and their fees were 10%.

We could not have done this without you and the Douglas teachers and staff. We thank our teachers and staff for the many class projects that incorporated learning with giving back and ensuring that every student had the opportunity to participate and make an impact. And we thank you so much for your support! Thank you for your partnership as we all work together to make our school the best environment it can be for our children.

During the last months of the school year, PTA Fundraising will host Spirit Nights, a Scholastic book fair, Spring Spirit Wear sale, and the Spring Silent Auction. Stay tuned for details!

Thank you for your support!

Raise Craze Starts Today!

During this unique fundraiser, students pay it forward by completing Acts of Kindness for others. While not every child can raise money, every child CAN spread kindness.

No Pressure. No Selling. Just Kindness.

We picked this fundraiser because we believe giving back to the community helps shape the character of our students, gets everyone involved and teaches the value of gratitude. Curious how fundraising through kindness works? Check out this brief video.

In just three easy steps, your student will be all set for Raise Craze:

  • Visit my.raisecraze.com/ajr8wf4 to set up your account.
  • Select at least three Acts of Kindness on your page as the ways you will give back this Raise Craze season. Students can choose from the list or enter their own!
  • Add emails (optional). As an option, Raise Craze allows your family and friends to double your child’s impact by “paying it forward” through inspired giving. Add email addresses for friends and family who would be supportive of your kindness efforts! Don’t worry if you don’t have all the email addresses right away, you can always go back and add more later OR skip this step by leaving the fields empty and click on “Send Emails.” Emails will never be shared with third parties or used for marketing.

Our goal is to have 100% participation in completing Acts of Kindness, complete at least 500 Acts of Kindness, and raise $12,000 to pay it forward. No Act of Kindness is too small!

We’ll keep you posted on the school’s progress throughout the fundraiser, which ends April 8. In addition to your students’ individual Acts of Kindness, they’ll be participating in class service projects. Check out leaderboard updates and more on our Facebook page.

Let’s go, Dragons!

Rent the Rock!

The Douglas Spirit Rock is available throughout the school year for rental and painting. For a suggested donation of $25, rent the rock for a day and paint a message of support for a Douglas student, teacher, staff member — or celebrate an event!

When you rent the rock, you’ll select the day you want your message to appear. However, your rental starts at 4:30 p.m. the day before so you have time to paint the rock after carpool and it’s ready for the next morning!

Tips for Painting the Rock

  • Please only paint the front of the rock facing carpool/the front entrance.
  • Spray paint is helpful to coat the rock. Any color you want for the background works. And if you mess up, just use spray paint to match the background color and paint it again!
  • You can use stencils or sketch your design in chalk first to check sizing and legibility from a few feet away before you paint.
  • Spray paint works well for large areas.
  • For smaller, more detailed areas, use acrylic paint (or spray paint with stencils). In case of rain, avoid paints like tempera that easily wash off.
  • Remember to bring different size paintbrushes and a cup with water to rinse them.
  • Egg cartons work well to hold different color paints.

Share Your Design!

After you’ve painted the rock, share your design on Facebook and tag us!

New Spirit Wear Is Here!

sampling of Douglas Elementary School long-sleeve T-shirts

Place your pre-order for our NEW Douglas spirit wear and accessories today, and you’ll get your gear on the last day of school before the winter break.

Check out two new designs on everything from long-sleeve tees to stainless steel water bottles, plus returning favorites like cozy PJ bottoms. We’re also especially excited about the new wall calendar filled with student art!

Tuesday, Nov. 30, is the pre-order cutoff date!

Psst … if you need to do a secret pickup for holiday gifts, we’ve got you covered! Just email douglasdragonpta@gmail.com after ordering.

Douglas Elementary School original watercolor ornaments by Lew Wilson Art are also available for purchase. Enter DES at checkout, and 20% of sales go back to the school!