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, and while school may look a little different this year, financial support remains essential to fund these endeavours. 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 $200 to each teacher for classroom supplies.

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

The GOPTO 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 via Paypal (click Annual Fund in the drop-down menu)

-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 join this program, simply create an online account for your Stop & Stop card and register with the A+ program. Once your account is registered to A+ you can select or modify the school you wish to support (you can support up to 2 schools at once!). 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 AmazonSmile charity.

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. See here for the list of participating products. See here for current promotions.
There are TWO different ways to earn: (a) scanning reciepts to the app, or (b) collecting clippings.
See below for how to know when to SCAN and when to CLIP.

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. In the app simply, pick 'Ottoson' as your school of choice, it all goes to GO PTO (we are in the process of getting it updated to 'Gibbs-Ottoson')

Go to www.boxtops4education.com 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 reach out to our Box Tops Coordinator Erin Daly (erinsdaly@gmail.com) to inquire how you can get them to her. Typically they are sent in to school but under COVID we are needing to get creative. Note that although Box Tops is planning on going fully digital in the next year or so, they will honor all clipped Box Tops through their printed expiration dates. Some clips are showing as far ahead as 2023!

CLIP & SCAN Double-Dip BONUS! For some* products, you can ‘double-dip your clip' during the packaging transition time by clipping the physical Box Tops AND scanning your receipt with those participating items within 14 days of purchase. That's double the money for GO PTO. Try the app today!

*Receipts for brands not participating in the 'double dip' will return a message in the App that they are ‘clip only’ with a reminder to submit the physical Box Top from the package to their participating school.