Welcome, and thank you for supporting Roland Park K-8 Magnet. 

 

Why do we need fundraising?

 Roland Park K-8, located in the Westshore district, is a Hillsborough County elementary and middle Magnet school with an International Baccalaureate program designation. In seven short years, Roland Park has transformed from a Title I school to a best-in-class institution. Roland Park is a culturally diverse school, with a 64% minority rate and 36% of the students economically disadvantaged.

Unfortunately, state funding for schools has diminished in recent years.  Florida ranks 41st in the country for per student public school funding, spending only $7,300 per student vs. the national average of $11,500.  That’s $4,000 (or 36%) BELOW the national average. Funding per student increased by $0.47 this year vs. last year.  This tremendously affects the resources the schools and teachers have to elevate our citizens of the future.  

How do we spend the money raised?

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, a Foundation was established to house and distribute all Roland Park K-8 funds that are raised (outside of PTSA program funds and Go Take a Hike funds), with a multi-year strategic plan that leads the funding strategy (RP 2020). 

During the 2018-2019 school year, the RP Foundation raised over $100,000, which funded new technology (50 laptops and 10 ipads), an outdoor covered court,  scholarships for the Peru and Arizona service learning trips, IB and specialized teacher training conferences, band and orchestra instruments, the school musical, and much more.

What are appropriate funding sources?

Fundraising sources include:

  • The school’s annual “Go Take a Hike” Walk-A-Thon
  • The RP Foundation’s Dragon Donor Annual Giving Campaign (a one-time ask for families and corporate giving) and Dragon Fire Ball Auction (spring gala)
  • PTSA’s fundraising through Spirit Wear apparel, Spirit Night at local restaurants, and Box Tops for Education
  • Other sources such as Donors Choose, classroom donations, and grants.

Why Should I Donate?

Our children today will be our leaders tomorrow.  As the state and Hillsborough County School District have eliminated funds and services previously provided such as upgrading and replacing outdated computers and technology, funding teacher training, subsidizing educational software in the classrooms, maintaining infrastructure, and supporting capital improvement projects, alternative funding sources need to be obtained to achieve the overall experience that we expect our children to receive in a school setting. 

 

Your tax-deductible donation will help Roland Park surpass state standards and transform the school. When children and others in the community see you donating money, they are much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up.  Additionally, donors will receive a variety of benefits, including volunteer opportunities that embrace the IB principles.  Every dollar helps.