1) The Franklin PTA focuses on parent education, public education advocacy, and community building. PTA collects dues each fall, which help fund our PTA activities at Franklin (socials, meetings, etc.) as well as the Glendale, California, and National PTA organization. There is always FREE childcare at PTA meetings, which are usually held at 6pm several times a year. Zoom meetings are also held.
2) The Benjamin Franklin Elementary Foundation (BFEF) was established in 2009 by parents as a nonprofit that would allow parents to apply for grants and do unrestricted fundraising. You can read a short timeline of BFEF here. Foundation is volunteer-run and unique to Franklin.
The money BFEF raises goes back to the school: we fund our international teaching interns, teacher classroom supplies and student support, music and visual arts education, environmental education, and community enrichment activities like Film Fest, World Fest, and STEAM Faire. To pay for these programs, BFEF asks our families to set up small monthly, sustaining donations each fall. We also run a spring Dance-a-thon fundraiser if needed to make up any funding shortfall.
All of our enrichment programming comes to us through parent-led initiatives, so we welcome new ideas. Please contact email@example.com if you'd like to know more.
We are always looking for BFEF and PTA Board and Committee members. Our experienced volunteers will train you!