Family Fund

New York City schools suffer from chronic underfunding that impacts core educational functions.  For example, with the budget provided by the City, PS 281 can’t afford to include art or technology instruction.

The PTA needs to raise funds to bridge that gap and fund the major programs. We ask each family to make a financial donation to support these activities.  Our Family Fund is our most efficient fundraiser and raises over half of our annual budget. Ultimately, the amount we ask of each family is small compared to the full value of your child’s education (just think how much private school would cost!)

***NOTE: Any donations made to the Family Fund between November 27 and December 14 will count toward our Pajama Day Challenge, in which each class that raises at least $2500 during this time will win a movie and popcorn on the last day of school before winter break. PLUS, if we are able to raise more than $50,000 as a school, everyone gets a Pajama Day that day! Please make a note of your child’s class when you donate. Click here to see how your class is doing.***

HOW MUCH should I give?

The suggested donation is $1,500 per child, but no amount is too large or too small. All contributions work toward our school-wide goal of 100% participation. All donations are tax-deductible and are kept strictly confidential.

The best way to support the River School is with a recurring monthly donation.  This gives us a steady income stream throughout the year, and means you don’t have to spend as much money all at once.

How much would you spend on your child’s education?



You can also make a one-time donation here:




WHO is the donation going to?

The PS 281 PTA is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations to PS 281 PTA are tax deductible. If your employer offers a matching gifts program (click here to find out if they do), please consider taking advantage of it to benefit the school.

WHERE does the money go?

100% of every dollar donated through the Family Giving Fund goes directly to benefit our children.  The PTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. If your employer offers a matching gifts program, please consider taking advantage of it to benefit the school.

This year the PTA will support our children’s education in two main ways:

Enrichment Programs

Hiring outside educators to come into the school and provide additional instruction during the school day to all students, or digital programs to support classroom learning at home.

Pre-KThe Art Farm (animal visits in the classroom)
K & 1stStudio In a School (art instruction)
2nd – 5th GradeLaunch (computer skills)
Mathletics (online math program)
RazKids (online reading program)

Professional Development

Programs that enhance teacher skills by providing tools and methods for literacy and math instruction.
Reading and Writing Project – by Columbia’s University Teachers College
Math Consultant – by Metamorphosis Math

We appreciate all your support and help. Let’s make this year a success!