Go Direct


 

 

Go Direct is the primary source of funding for school-wide enrichment activities at Lynch. The money raised is used by the Lynch Parents Association (LPA) for the benefit of every child in our school.  This year's goal is $20,000.

No donation is too small or too large because it benefits all of our students. Our goal is to have every family participate in this year’s Go Direct campaign. While the suggested donation is $100, we encourage you to donate what works for your family. Truly, every and any amount is much appreciated.

Please remember that many companies offer a matching gift program, so please check http://lynchschool.com/matching-companies to find out whether your employer will match your donation to Lynch, or inquire with your HR department.

The earlier we collect money for Go Direct, the better we will be able to plan and sponsor enrichment programs for the year.

Here are SOME of the amazing things Lynch is able to do thanks to your contributions:

  • Welcome to Lynch Popsicle Party (for incoming kindergartners and new-to-Lynch families)
  • Lynch school and class directories, weekly LPA newsletters and website
  • Welcome back coffees for families
  • Welcome Back BBQ
  • LPA monthly meetings
  • Teacher’s grants to improve their classrooms and enhance the learning centers
  • Lynch Drama Club
  • A Kids’ View (free spring publication to all Lynch families)
  • Maker Space
  • Book Fair
  • Halloween Party
  • International Festival
  • Extended Learning Program (ELP)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Traffic Safety Committee – Orange Hat volunteers
  • Field Day
  • Speakers for assemblies and concerts
  • Financial aid/scholarships to students, as needed, for field trips, events and more - no student is denied an experience at Lynch due to financial hardship
  • Financial support for community organizations: Authorfest, Trivia Bee, Reading Rocks, FAN (Family Action Network), and WIN-PAC (Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

Each year the Lynch Parents Association advances its mission of promoting and supporting the goals of the school and providing an environment in the community that will stimulate and enhance the academic and social development of our children. So, in addition to the programs and activities listed above, the majority of funds raised this year also supported ALL grade-level enrichment activities and field trips.

Every student participates in grade-level enrichment programs funded by your direct appeal donation.  Here is a sampling of the enriching experiences we are able to offer with your support:

Kindergarten: Wright-Locke Farm, (live) Reptile Presentation, yoga

First: Honey Bee Presentation, George Hill Orchards, Wolf Hollow, The Franklin Park Zoo, New England Aquarium, Pebble Beach, yoga

Second: Children’s Museum – Japanese House Tour, Butterfly Museum, presentation by Michael Fosse on origami, yoga

Third: Plimoth Plantation Field Trip, Boston Tea Party Museum & the Paul Revere House, yoga

Fourth: Gillette Stadium's Health Fair, Tsongas Industrial Park Lowell Mills, Harvard Natural History Museum, yoga

Fifth: Project Adventure,  the Fells, bowling, Wingmasters,  Year-End Splash Park Party, yoga

You can donate any time:

BY MAIL:
Lynch Elementary School
Attn: Go Direct
10 Brantwood Rd Winchester, MA 01890

 

ON-LINE via PAYPAL:


 

OR DROP OFF at LYNCH:
In the LPA Mailbox in the main office

Please make checks payable to Lynch Parents Association.  LPA Tax ID # 20-0008822.

Thank you, in advance, for your contribution.  Remember:  Every Dollar Counts and Every Child Benefits!


Go Direct – Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the LPA asking for money from parents?
Each school in town must raise funds for programs, equipment and events that will enrich the education of its enrollees. At Lynch, the Lynch Parent's Association (LPA) was founded to coordinate these services and activities. LPA is funded by money received from individual donors, by money collected at revenue generating events and through charitable donations from corporate entities. No money is given to LPA by the School District or the Town.

How does my donation provide enrichment activities?
Last year, the LPA hosted over 20 different enrichment programs, at least two events or activities per grade. The LPA also organizes Lynch’s Extended Learning Program (ELP), which offers before and after school classes in 3 sessions. The LPA underwrites much of the costs, such as instructor pay and materials fees, to keep the tuition charges low, allowing every child to participate. The quality of the student experience at Lynch would not be the same without LPA sponsored activities like Field Day and International Night.

How does my donation help support curriculum?
The primary focus of LPA spending is curriculum support. Enrichment activities put on by LPA are chosen by faculty and staff to support what students are learning in class.  For example, second graders studying Japan have the opportunity to visit the Children’s Museum Japanese house and third graders visit the Tea Party Museum while studying U.S. Independence, through LPA subsidies that keep field trip costs affordable to Lynch families.

Why is the LPA asking for $100?
Every campaign needs a goal and the request for $100 is designed to help us reach ours. It is also consistent with what other elementary schools in the district request from their families. First and foremost, Go Direct is focused on getting every family to participate by making a donation in whatever amount they are able.  Every dollar counts, so don’t forget to check whether your employer matches donations.

When should I donate?
Go Direct collects funds all year long, but the earlier money is collected, the faster we can put it to use. Still, if there is a particular time of year when it is easier for you to give, make a donation then. If your household finances only allow donations in smaller amounts, donate whenever you feel comfortable doing so. No donation is too small or too large!

What if I have something to donate besides money?
Go Direct can also use non-monetary gifts, such as gift certificates, sports or theatre tickets, for your child’s benefit. Your gift may be put to use aiding curriculum within the school, it may be used as a raffle prize to promote even more donations, or it may even be auctioned off for an even greater benefit to the campaign.

What if I have an idea to help LPA raise money?
The Go Direct Committee is made up of parent representatives that want to hear from you. Come to an LPA meeting or contact one of the Co-Presidents at copresidents@lynchparents.org. There is an LPA parent representative for each homeroom, who can put you in touch with us.

How can I have a say in how LPAs budget is spent?
The LPA meets monthly, on either a weekday morning or evening, and encourages everyone to attend and get involved. Read the weekly emailed newsletters to learn meeting dates and times and to become more informed about the programs and activities LPA sponsors. Then, be ready to make your suggestions!

What can I do besides donate money?
A few other ways you can help:

(1) Whenever you shop Amazon, start at the Lynch website lynchschool.com and look for the Amazon Smile, use it to enter Amazon and start shopping;

(2) Enroll your Stop&Shop card (every year!) with the A+ School Rewards Program www.stopandshop.com/aplus and asking friends and family in other towns/states to do the same;

(3) Collect Box Tops for Education logos and bring them to homeroom. Check for products at http://www.boxtops4education.com/products/participating-products;

(4) Recycle inkjet cartridges, cell phones, toner cartridges and more (For a full list go to http://www.fundingfactory.com ). Just bring them to the main office.

What else can I do to benefit Go Direct?
LPA is always appreciative of your time! Contact LPA to volunteer. Contact fellow parents and community members to brainstorm fundraising ideas. Call some friends and pool your resources to buy a gift certificate or technology item that can be auctioned to benefit Lynch.