Students in Chapel Hill, and at Chapel Hill High School in particular, have been incredibly fortunate to be supported by the PTA Thrift Shop, which has given our schools over $2.4 million in the last 8 years. While students and their families have volunteered at the Thrift Shop to "earn" money for their schools, the PTA Thrift Shop has been like the goose that lays the golden egg, providing money for our students, teachers, and clubs.
But the Carrboro PTA Thrift Shop is bursting at the seams and can grow no more in its present building, while the number of schools in our district continues to grow. With each new school that opens, the Thrift Shop “profit pie” is cut into more pieces so that all of our district schools receive a share. CHHS clubs and the PTSA have seen a dramatic decline in their funding since 2004.
The good news is the Thrift Shop is planning to replace the cramped, inefficient Carrboro store with a larger, more efficient and "greener" store which is expected to earn 40% more annual profit when completed.
To make this new store a reality, the Thrift Shop is conducting a building campaign to raise money for its construction. During this fundraising period, the Thrift Shop has not distributed funds to schools, so clubs and organizations that have received Thrift Shop funds (40 years for Chapel Hill High!) are scrambling to find ways to fund their needs.
Chapel Hill High would like to contribute to this building campaign by donating $7,000 to become a named sponsor of the Book Room of the new Thrift Shop. We need your help to raise this money.
Funds from the PTA Thrift Shop have made up more than 75% of the Chapel Hill High PTSA budget over the last 8 years. During these years, Chapel Hill High’s distribution from the Thrift Shop dropped from $58,897 to $38,180. Despite this drop, CHHS continues to receive the largest distribution of funds among all the schools thanks to the many volunteer hours worked by our students and their families.
At Chapel Hill High, Thrift Shop money has funded many needs such as:
- Supplies, materials & technology for classrooms;
- Funds to print the student newspaper & to publish the yearbook;
- Professional development for teachers;
- Band camp fees & instruments for students in need;
- Team uniforms & equipment;
- Travel expenses to club competitions, such as Model UN & Science Olympiad;
- Backpacks (as many as 50 each year) and school supplies for students who cannot afford them.
Initially, the Thrift Shop anticipated suspending opportunities for schools to earn volunteer hours and associated funding for only one year; however, that year could be extended if the building campaign progresses slowly.
The sooner the building funds are raised, the sooner the PTA Thrift Shop will be able to break ground for the new store (currently planned for the fall of 2012). About 6 months after ground is broken, the new Carrboro PTA Thrift Shop should be open for business.
What We Need and What You Get
We need your help to reach our goal of $7,000. Your one-time gift, large or small, will help the Thrift Shop move closer to its goal, so it can continue to support our schools in a meaningful way for years to come.
All of the money you donate will go directly into the PTA Thrift Shop building campaign account. (The total fundraising goal for our community is $1.7 million! Any money raised in excess of our $7,000 goal will be applied to this much larger overall goal.) Since the PTA Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization, your donation will be tax deductible.
Please check out our donor perks, then click on the “donate” key below to make your gift. We'll keep you updated on our progress.
The PTA Thrift Shop is a wonderful asset for our students, our community, and our small part of the earth.
So let's start by funding that Book Room! And if we earn more than our goal, maybe we can contribute toward one of the clothing sections, or a dressing room, or a freight elevator, or housewares, or . . . .
Other Ways You Can Help
Please forward this link to everyone you know to help us reach our goal of $7,000, and visit the share tools on this site to help spread the word.
For more information on the planned new store, go to http://ptathriftshop.com/pdfs/BuildingCampaign.pdf.
For more information on the PTA Thrift Shop, go to http://ptathriftshop.com/about.shtml.
For information on the many ways the Thrift Shop contributes to sustainability in our community, visit http://ptathriftshop.com/sustainability.shtml.