Why so few pizza lunches?

Some parents have been asking why pizza lunch is only happening once a month this term instead of every other week.

Trust us, if we could run more, we would.

R.H. McGregor’s budget for the year from the TDSB is $126,301. Last year, your Parent & School Council raised an additional $64,000 to add to that budget. All the PSC money is spent in the school to improve student achievement. For the current year, only 30% of PSC’s historic fundraising activities–pizza lunches, movie nights, fairs, etc.–have been scheduled with committed volunteers. Unless more volunteers come forward, the PSC expects to only raise approximately $20,000 net this year.

Pizza lunch is McGregor’s main fundraising tool. Last year, it was responsible for close to $35,000, or over 50% of our net fundraising earnings. That’s money that pays for Scientists in the School, instruments for our music program, Chromebooks for Grade 5, and more.

It takes 30 volunteer hours to run a single pizza lunch. A team of three parents handles Munchalunch orders, parent emails, and supervision of volunteers on the day. An additional ten parents volunteer an hour and half to deal out hundreds of slices of pizza in record time. Remember, kids have about half an hour to eat–getting slices in hands and bums in seats has to happen quickly!

Over the previous year, we lost a lot of volunteers for a number of reasons. Our core of dedicated volunteers stepped up to do all the extra work, resulting in an amazing year. Most, including our executive, also work full time. This year, many have stepped back from their positions–including last year’s fundraising chair, treasurer, secretary, and co-chair.

The volunteering experience can be amazing–if enough people show up. To provide pizza lunch more often next term–to bring it back to the every two weeks of last year–we still need more volunteer team members. There are positions available for people who can’t be there during school hours. More regular hands on deck during the pizza lunch day would be great, but if you can work from home or take half a day off only once this year to sling slices, we need you too.

Want to make an impact in a different way? We need help with other events, as well, and there’s lots of room for new fundraising and community-building ideas. If you can pitch in or just want to comment, email us at mcgregor.matters@gmail.com

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