Family School Organization
Officers for 2022-23
Bronwen Blass and Lakshmi Vasist – Co-Presidents
Shweta Kautia – Vice President
Amy Lowman – Treasurer
Raven Hoskins – Secretary
Who is the FSO?
We are ALL the FSO! We’re a strong and active group of parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, family friends, administration, and staff who strive to provide a wide variety of community-building and service activities to improve the overall experience of families at our school.
What does the FSO do?
We head fundraising efforts for specific projects and programs such as new outdoor learning environments, playground improvements, and an activity bus. Fundraising is achieved through large, planned events such as the annual auction as well as smaller fundraising activities throughout the school year.
The FSO also coordinates community-building events such as socials, Cultural Festival, and our annual Pancake Breakfast.
How can you be involved?
1) Come to one of our meetings! These are listed on the school calendar.
2) Email our FSO presidents for more information!
Online and Store Fundraisers
MCS has been set up as a charity on AmazonSmile, which is a special portal for Amazon.com shopping. Shopping through the smile.amazon.com portal is the same as shopping on amazon.com, except the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to your selected charity.
To select MCS as your AmazonSmile charity, login to your Amazon account through this website and select Montessori Community School in Durham, NC.
After that, bookmark this website to make all your Amazon purchases and MCS will automatically get 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Share this link with the grandparents and other family members – everyone can shop on Amazon and benefit our school.
Bella Bean Organics
Raise money for the MCS FSO and feed your family locally sourced, healthy, organic food! Sign up for Bella Bean Organics farmer’s market delivery service using our code PTAMCS-DURHAM and 10% of your purchases come back to our school! Sign up for Bella Bean on their website.
Box Tops for Education
MCS appreciates your efforts in raising money to support MCS and the FSO. Collect box tops from participating products and turn them into MCS. For a list of participating products, visit the Box Tops website. If you have any questions, please contact the MCS Box Tops coordinator, Caroline Herbert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link your Harris Teeter VIC card annually each fall. Our code is 2909. You can re-link at your local Harris Teeter at the Customer Service desk or on their website.
Once linked, each time you purchase certain store brand products, you will be earning money for MCS from Harris Teeter. It’s easy to do!
Create a treasured book of mini-masterpieces and support MCS FSO at the same time!
- Place a deposit on the Plum Print website A prepaid shipping box will arrive at your home.
- Drop the artwork in the box and use the prepaid label to safely ship creations right to Plum Print.
- After Plum Print professionally digitizes the artwork, you will receive a digital proof to approve, and the beautifully bound book is shipped directly to you (with the original artwork, if so desired).
Weaver Street Market
By using Weaver Street Market script cards, you can donate 5% of your purchases directly to the FSO. When shopping at Weaver Street Market, stop by the customer service desk and ask for a Montessori Community School pre-assigned script number. Give that number to the cashier to assign to your script card. FSO will receive a 5% donation from your total purchase.
Then, use this script card each time you shop at Weaver Street Market. Refill your script card as often as needed. The balance of your card will be shown on your receipt. Weaver Street Market will send this donation to the school on a quarterly basis.
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Sign up on the MightyNest website to create an account and select MCS as your school. MCS will receive up to 15% of the purchase price of your orders.