Our students are groomed in an environment that values helpfulness, and they are given daily opportunities to aid their peers at school and to contribute to the wider society as well. Primary and Elementary students do service work outside their classroom throughout the year. In Middle School, students spend half a day each week at various local service organizations. As students enter Post Oak High School, their service work continues especially in the IB program (11th and 12th grades), where they are further encouraged to participate in creative and service-oriented activities. These experiences shape them, and they leave us ready, willing, and able to contribute to the society through a lifetime of leadership and service.
We ask Post Oak parents to engage in this same lesson. Through your gifts of time, talent, and resources, you show your meaningful support of this school and the work we do. Volunteer opportunities are many, and are listed on the Post Oak Parent Association page. We encourage you to get involved in your child's school. Sign up using our online form.
Support of Post Oak's fundraising effort is equally important. It is a long-term financial goal of the school to fully cover basic operating expenses through tuition and fee payments and earned income. Fundraising makes up the difference between covering basic expenses and positioning Post Oak to have financial stability and flexibility that allows it to fulfill its mission and serve its students. It is our hope that every Post Oak family will contribute an amount that is meaningful for them.
Here are a few ways in which fundraising donations make a difference:
This year the school will have three main fundraising programs:
The levels of support differ for each family, but the need for 100% participation is constant.
Contributions to The Post Oak Fund support every activity listed above. These annual giving gifts are tax-deductible, and payments can be made until June of the giving year. Gifts may also be eligible for matching funds from employers. Reaching 100% parent participation in The Post Oak Fund is as important as reaching our financial goal: it is vital to the school's continued success in obtaining gifts and grants from corporations and foundations. Each family is strongly encouraged to give to its ability, and to fulfill pledged commitments. October is designated as Post Oak Fund Month.
Every other year, Post Oak has a Gala celebration fundraiser hosted by POPA volunteers. The next Gala will be held Friday, February 10, 2017. Planning is already underway, and all parents are invited to be a part of the preparations for this fabulous event. This evening includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a live auction. This is an adults-only event.
The Book Fair will take place April 2, 2017 at Brazos Bookstore. At this event, books chosen by the faculty are available for purchase and donation to your child's classroom and/or library. High-quality books appropriate to all ages and reading levels, and covering a wide range of topics, are offered for sale. This one-day event ends with a family night for parents and children.
In working to ensure the school's long-term vitality, the board has established an Endowment Fund. By design, the corpus of the endowment will remain untouched; its income will be used to support the school's program initiatives once that corpus reaches $1 million. To seed the endowment, 20% of annual giving will go into that fund. More significant building of the endowment will result from major gifts. The school anticipates support for the endowment from individuals and foundations, either through outright grants or through planned giving. Contact Development Director Christina Kopanidis-Cantu or Head of School Maura Joyce for more information.
The sabbatical fund is supported through The Post Oak Fund. Traditionally, each year this fund enables one lead teacher or full-time specialist to receive a grant which may be used for travel or other educational experience during the summer months, thereby enriching her/his work with the children. Some parents elect to designate holiday or other commemorative gifts made in a faculty member's honor to this fund.
The Post Oak School endeavors to enlist the support of all parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and other community friends in securing funds from a number of retail rebate programs. Currently the school is enrolled in programs operated by Randalls and Target. Beneficiary organizations receive a quarterly check reflecting a percentage of the store purchases made by participants. Share this with grandparents, friends, and neighbors—the more people who participate, the more money the school is able to raise. Thank you for helping us make the most of these programs by participating.
You can also give to the school through planned giving vehicles, stock, insurance policies, and by inclusion in your will. If you are interested in this method of ensuring your continued support, please contact the Development Office at 713-661-6688 x8024.