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School-Force and the PTA

We ask all parents to become supporting members of both School-Force and their school’s PTA. Both organizations work hard to provide a quality educational experience for our children, but they differ in crucial ways.

School-Force funds teaching personnel and district-wide educational programs. PTA funds class materials, equipment and school-specific programs — but cannot fund salaries. School-Force complements the efforts of your school’s PTA to ensure that your child receives an excellent education in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. See the table below which illustrates the relationship between School-Force and the PTA:


A non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to enhancing and funding district-wide educational resources, teaching personnel and enrichment programs.


A non-profit, parent/teacher organization that enhances student education through volunteer efforts and school-specific programs.

District-Wide Teaching Personnel & Programs

Reading specialists at every school, 4th & 5th grade science and instrumental music teachers serving all schools, library specialists at all schools, deans and counselor at Ralston Middle School, technology personnel

School-Specific Materials & Programs

Classroom materials, art programs, school community events, recreational equipment, field trips, newsletters, assemblies, parent education

Sources of Funding

Individual donations (Annual Giving Campaign)
Fundraisers (Save the Music, Spring District-wide Event, & Reading Power)
Corporate donations and employer matching
Stock donations and in-kind donations

Sources of Funding

Individual donations (Write-A-Check)
Fundraisers (Fun Run, Book Fair, Merchandise)
Box Tops for Education

What School-Force Needs

Corporate sponsorships (Save the Music)
Volunteers (events & committees)

What PTA Needs

Volunteers (committees, volunteer in the classroom, events)

Public education is a good value. An excellent education requires your investment!