WHAT IS THE OTA PARENT FOUNDATION?
The OTA Parent Foundation (OTAPF) is a charitable 501(c)3 status fundraising and community building organization, overseen by a leadership group of volunteer parents whose children currently attend The Old Town Academy public charter school. We have 3 main objectives:
1. To Enhance the OTA Student Experience
2. To Enhance Family OTA Community Experience
3. To Support these enhancements, not covered by school budget, through fundraising and volunteerism.
WHY DOES OTA NEED A FOUNDATION?
Very simply put, to Bridge the Gap. The Gap, in our definition, is the OTA Commitment to the highest quality public education and family cultural environment, as outlined in our Charter, versus what we receive in government funding. As a Charter school, OTA receives only part of this Commitment’s necessary annual funding for its educational programs from the district or other government sources. For instance, independent charter schools have to pay for their own campuses, which is a cost many other public schools don’t incur. The financial shortfall between what is provided, and what we want for our children and the OTA Experience is something the school relies on the work of the OTAPF to help address. This year, with all the OTA Experience offers, the GAP amount, per student, is $360. Through parent and community financial and volunteer-time donations, OTAPF first and foremost addresses this $90,000 need.
How can I get involved?
Donation and Volunteerism comes in many shapes, forms and abilities. The OTAPF works with all of them, from OTA parents, students, relatives, and the San Diego community at large. In fact, our OTA Handbook strongly encourages parents to get involved by suggesting a family commitment of 40 hours of OTA Volunteering every school year. Any level of giving, financially or of yourself is welcome and appreciated as there is no better cause than the education of our future generations.
One opportunity is to become a Class Parent for your child’s class. In this role, a volunteer parents helps communicate and coordinate class activities and events. Another opportunity is that each of the fundraising events need “Committees” of volunteers to help. Whatever time you can offer, parent volunteers are what make the OTA experience for our children that much more rewarding. We try to do things in a way where everyone has fun, creates positive impact, and share in giving time to help our school. Contaact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved in OTAPF Volunteering.
Participate in Foundation Leadership
Our OTAPF meeting schedule is outlined on our website, www.otafoundation.org. By being a parent at OTA, you are already a member of the OTAPF. Meetings are open to all parents. Our leadership positions are decided election each Spring, and each position is held for a 2-year term. Turnover is encouraged and welcome as fresh ideas, thoughts, and energy are catalysts for improvement. Check out our “Foundation Leadership” tab on the website and if there is an area of specific interest, reach out to the person in that position as they would love to share about the rewarding opportunity found within leadership of the OTAPF!