Frequently Asked Questions

How is Whitaker Circle of Commitment Different than the PTA?
Whitaker Circle of Commitment was formed in 2015 in response to growing cutbacks in state and school system funding, and because the PTA has strict limitations on what it can fund. Because these issues seriously impact the quality of our children’s education, Whitaker Circle of Commitment was formed to find ways to bridge the financial gaps left by the state, local school system and PTA.

How is Whitaker Circle of Commitment funded?
The WCofC is supported by replacing the Eagle Fund with Giving Week and events such as Boosterthon.

Can I make a donation and have it split between the two organizations?
While the end goal of the PTA and Whitaker Circle of Commitment is shared, they are independent organizations and their finances will be treated that way as well.

Why don’t we just manage all of this through the PTA?
There are areas of our school that need funding that the PTA’s by-laws prohibit.  This is where Whitaker Circle of Commitment can make a difference.

Who will decide where the money raised by Whitaker Circle of Commitment is spent?
School administrators, led by Mrs. Creasy, will identify needs within the school and articulate those needs to the WCofC Board of Directors. The Board will then allocate funds to the school that align with the WCofC mission. The Board is comprised of a cross section of Whitaker Elementary School parents, community leaders, WES Alumni Parents and Advisory (non-voting) members, including teachers and the WES principal.

Is Whitaker Circle of Commitment school-sanctioned?
Whitaker Circle of Commitment is an independent organization based outside of the school, but whose fundraising efforts benefit Whitaker Elementary School. The school values and needs the support of Whitaker Circle of Commitment.

How can I get involved?
Both the PTA and Whitaker Circle of Commitment have many opportunities for volunteers and are open to parents of former and current students, family members, friends and people in the community.  For more information on the PTA, visit their website here.

I cannot make a significant financial donation to Whitaker Circle of Commitment, but I want to be involved…
Every donation is significant whether it’s $1 or $1,000.  There are also ways to give of your time if a financial donation is not an option.  Volunteer requests will be made through partnership with the PTA and through fliers sent in weekly packets.

Will Whitaker Circle of Commitment do all of the fundraising for Whitaker Elementary School?
The PTA and the WCofC each will hold fundraisers and will clearly communicate which organization is sponsoring the fundraiser to avoid confusion.

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