Families and friends of the school can also give through participation in the following programs.
Parents, family and friends are invited to celebrate their Bala House student’s birthday by donating a book to the Bala House library. Thank you for considering honoring your student’s special day with a donation to Bala House’s library collection for all to use.
Do you like to purchase open-ended activities and child-size tools that encourage discovery and growth for the young children in your life. Please take a look at the For Small Hands catalog when the Bala House Parents’ Association distributes them this fall. Until then, you can check out their website at www.forsmallhands.com. For every purchase made between September 1st and December 31st, For Small Hands will contribute 10% of your purchase amount to Bala House Montessori. This has become a favorite catalog of many Bala House parents, and we hope for you as well!
Shop at any of 1700+ online stores and designate Bala House Montessori School as your beneficiary. You
never pay more. If you’re ordering from these retailers anyway, why not ensure that they donate a percentage of your purchases back to Bala House? You do not need to register your credit card to enroll in this program. Popular retailers include Gap, Walmart, Crate & Barrel, Best Buy, Expedia, Fandango to just name a few. Just about anything you buy online counts. Donations range from 0.5% to over 20% varying by store. A typical shopper raises over $100 per year for their beneficiary. It’s fast and automatic with the iGive Button, the iPhone/iPad or Android app, or simply use the www.igive.com website to visit stores.
AmazonSmile 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 will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. You do not pay more and the shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com. Here is the link to get you started: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1720026
Shop at Giant Food or Peapod? Use your Giant card each time you shop at Giant or Peapod, and you will earn cash for Bala House! You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting October 7, 2016 through March 16, 2017. Visit www.giantfood.com/aplus and select register your card, which is located in the red box on the right for customers. Follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will need your 12-digit Giant Card number. If you don’t know your Giant card number, call 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1. Bala House’s school ID # is: 40382.
Many General Mills products, from school supplies to groceries, contain “Boxtops” coupons on their
packaging. Simply clip the “Boxtops” coupons and place them in a collection box located in the front
entranceway or classroom. Each Boxtop is worth 10 cents for Bala House. We submit Boxtops twice per school year, but you can send in coupons at any time – they’ll be sent in at the next submission date. Earn bonus Box Tops by downloading the Box Tops bonus app and turn your receipts into cash for Bala House (by taking a photo of your receipt).
Families can order a wide variety of books at discounted prices through Scholastic Books. Bala House earns points for every dollar spent by Bala House families. In the past, we were able to get a microwave, books, and music for our classrooms. A Bala House Parent Association volunteer will distribute the catalogs and place a group order throughout the year.
At Bala House Montessori we encourage EVERYONE (moms, dads, grandfriends, etc.) to actively participate in all aspects of the workings of our school. We believe the education of the whole child is a cooperative effort between families, teachers, and children. Working together, we will ensure Bala House Montessori remains a unique educational community.
For ideas of ways you can help, please contact your Bala House Parents’ Association co-presidents, the School Director, or your child’s teacher.