Fundraising

GO PTO focuses your donations and efforts in order to improve your child's school experiences at Gibbs 6th Grade School and Ottoson Middle School. School may look a little different this year, but financial support is as always essential to our efforts. Your donations help support things like a mini-grant program designed to meet student needs identified by faculty and staff, to help improve the work environment for teachers, teacher appreciation, and funding up to $250 to each teacher for classroom supplies.

If you have questions about GO PTO, or about how your contribution will be used, contact us at hello@gibbsottosonpto.org

The Annual Fund

Rather than do bake sales or ask students to sell wrapping paper or candy bars, we ask Gibbs and Ottoson families to contribute to the GO PTO Annual Fund.

Approximately 95% of our fundraising dollars each year come from the Annual Fund.

While the suggested amount is $75 per family, any amount is welcome, and no amount is too small.

Contributions can be made online or by sending a check* payable to GO PTO, and mailed to:


Ottoson Middle Schoolc/o GO-PTO Annual Fund63 Acton StreetArlington, MA 02476

*If you include your email address on your check we’ll thank you electronically and save a stamp!

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GO PTO is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your contribution is tax deductible. Ask your employer about matching gifts. Our Federal Tax ID is 31-1748001.


Stop and Shop
A+ School Rewards

A+ School Rewards are points that supporters earn with each purchase made using their Stop & Shop Card, from September-(mid)March each year. Those points turn into a check for the schools at the end of the school year.

To use this program, you'll need to create an online account for your Stop & Stop card and register with the Aplus program. Once your account is created you may select or modify your school you wish to support. Click here for easy instructions.

* If you don't have a Stop and Shop card you can get one at the customer service desk of any store.

**If you have a card but don't remember your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number, just call 1-877-366-2668.

Smile.Amazon.com

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com.

The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to GO PTO. Click here to view a video on how to choose GO PTO as your charity of choice.

If Shopping On A Browser: you must shop through the AmazonSmile website (not Amazon.com) for the schools to get a donation . If you want to automatically go to the AmazonSmile website when you shop, try a browser extension. These videos show you how for these browsers.

If Shopping On the Amazon App: as of June 2020, you can now link Smile to the app:

  • Open your Amazon app.

  • Find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰).

  • Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.


Box Tops for Education

Purchase Box Tops Products and earn money for our schools. TWO ways to earn: scanning reciepts to the app, or submitting clippings to the school for our Box Tops coordinator to collect and send in. See below for how to know when to scan and when to clip. See here for the list of participating products.

If the Graphic on the Packaging Looks Like This

SCAN your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase to the new Box Tops app. No clipping necessary. Pick 'Ottoson' as your school of choice, it all goes tot he same place (we are in the process of updating it to 'Gibbs-Ottoson')

Bear with us as we all learn how to use the new app, it was launched in June 2018. See the Box Tops site for an updated product list , more on how the program works and why this change is happening.

If you have any trouble contact Box Tops, they WANT to help you learn how to use the app.

If the Graphic on the Packaging Looks Like This

CLIP it from the packaging and turn it in to the main office at Gibbs or Ottoson at any time. No matter which school you send them to, the money all goes to GO PTO. Although Box Tops is planning on going fully digital over the next several years (so please do try out the app), they will honor all paper Box Tops through their printed expiration dates. For now, that means we can even receive double credit for clipped Box Tops if you also scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase. For your clipped tops, Make sure each coupon has a valid expiration date.