School PACs were originally created to give parents a voice in their children's education. PACS helped advise their schools on such things as procedures, structure, and curriculum. Cuts to public education budgets lead PACs to fundraise to make-up for the shortfall. With school budgets continuously shrinking year over year, PACs face increasing pressure to fundraise.
Today, PACs are expected to cover everything from earthquake/emergency supplies, music instruments, sports equipment, classroom supplies, technology, sound systems for assemblies/dances, library books, year end activities, field trips, playgrounds and more. School PACS have been known to fold due to lack of parental involvement. As a result, children lose out on music classes or sports teams, no longer go on field trips or community building activities, no longer have a playground, have limited books in the library and classrooms, Moreover, in the event of an earthquake or emergency, there would be no/limited emergency supplies.
At Forest Grove Elementary, we are fortunate to have a supportive PAC. where everyone has a voice and all contribution is appreciated. Involvement in the PAC is NOT just about fundraising. Throughout the year, the PAC organizes non-fundraising events and supports initiatives to: build community; show appreciation/support for the staff/teachers; give to those less fortunate; educate parents; promote social responsibility and environmental sustainability; and just make the children smile. Simply put, we strive to enrich the overall school experience for the children and families at our school.
Click on the following links below to learn about the fundraising and non-raising initiatives supported by the PAC.