What is the difference between FOH and PTA?

Our PTA is part of a nationally based organization established more than 100 years ago to promote and advocate for the rights of children to an equitable education.  It is a Non-Profit organization, run according to bylaws and guided by the national and state organization.  PTA supports many programs at Hopkinson, but their bylaws prohibit the funding of personnel, among many other restrictions.

So, in 1996, in response to budget cuts, the non-profit organization we call “Friends of Hopkinson” was formed for the sole purpose of raising funds to support foundational and enrichment programs at Hopkinson Elementary School. We are guided 100% by volunteers.

Where does the money go?

Annually, FOH funds:

  • 2 part-time media center aides
  • Accelerated Reader (widely used software that is used to help teachers motivate students to read, assess their progress, and target their instruction)
  • Lease of the teacher copy machine
  • Staff Development
  • MIND

In years past and future, FOH purchases include:

  • Air Conditioning in the Classrooms
  • New Lunch Tables
  • Media Center Tables and PC’s
  • PC’s and Printers for each classroom
  • iPads for the teachers and students – including a fully furnished iPad lab.
  • Smartboards in every classroom
  • Document cameras

How can I get involved?

  • Attend a meeting! We hold 2 general meetings per year: 1 in the fall and a 2nd in the spring. Look for a flyer in the weekly Tuesday Update email for our next meeting date.
  • Volunteer to serve on a Committee
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to FOH
  • Attend our annual Hukilau and/or Moms/Dads Nights