PS 29 John M. Harrigan School | 425 Henry St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 330-9277800-123-456

About the PTA

All parents and guardians of children attending P.S. 29 are automatically members of the The Parents and Teachers Association of P.S. 29 (PTA), as are all teachers in the school. The PTA’s mission is to:

  1. Build a vibrant and welcoming community both within P.S. 29 and with the greater neighborhood community.
  2. Facilitate an effective relationship and two-way communication between families, school administration, school staff, and community officials.
  3. Raise funds to provide a wide variety of educational and cultural programs and materials to support school initiatives for the students of P.S. 29.

PTA membership meets once a month in the auditorium. Childcare and pizza for P.S. 29 children are always provided. Dates are listed on the PTA MEETINGS page.

DONATE. VOLUNTEER. PARTICIPATE. Your involvement is more important now than ever. Consider attending PTA meetings, being a class parent, volunteering to help with events, helping to raise and/or contribute money, or volunteering your skills and talents within a Committee. Check out the Volunteer page.

2018-2019 PTA Board of Directors
What the PTA funds
How we raise funds
About the PTA

2018-2019 PTA Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Matthew MacIntyre and Olivia Poor

Co-Treasurers:  Emily Chan and Lucia Madueno

Co-Secretaries: Loretta SooHoo and Caroline Rippeteau

Co-VPs – Communication: Esther Dockery and TBD

Co-VPs – Fundraising: Lizzie Hand and Constance Edwards

Co-VP Class Parents and Volunteers: Rachel Geisler and Alana Unterberg

Co-VP After School: Sheffali Welch and Michael DeNicola

The team members can be reached at

What the PTA funds

At PS29, we are all united by our deep commitment to providing the best possible education for our children. We value an education that fosters independent thinking, we place emphasis on learning in conventional and non-conventional ways, and we work hard to offer a well-rounded experience with enrichments and extra programming. The PTA funds:

  • PROGRAM SUPPORT to keep the student-to-teacher ratio as small as possible. This line item looks one year ahead and is paid out in June for the next fiscal year.
  • ARTS, MUSIC & THEATER ENRICHMENT through collaborations with partners like BAM and Brooklyn Queens Conservatory.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT to ensure our teachers have the best knowledge and latest teaching techniques to provide our kids with great learning experiences.
  • READING, MATH & SCIENCE ENRICHMENT such as the garden program and chess.
  • SUPPLIES & ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT for essential supplies, Wellness in the Schools program, funding to help support Related Services.

How we raise funds

Covering more than $900 per child in program expenses requires a lot of fundraising! Only a portion comes from direct donations – the balance is generated through activities and events that incur expenses and require thousands of volunteer hours.

Our school is home to a diverse group of students and families. Contributions of time and money can be large or small, often or once in a while. Every dollar and every volunteer hour helps protect the programs our children currently enjoy. Please do what you can!

  1. APPEAL & DONATIONS are the most effective way to raise money. 100% of direct donations go to supporting our programs! Every dollar counts, and no contribution is too small. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible. It’s really easy to Donate Online.
  2. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM provides a safe, fun environment for our kids, a service for our families, and a modest profit to help fund programs. To keep costs low, it is overseen by a steering committee of parent volunteers who research best practices, identify future enhancements, guide policy and staffing decisions, and assist with operations.
  3. ACTIVITIES & EVENTS include community-building events like Super Science Saturday and the PS 29 Block Party, fundraising events like the Annual Gala + Auction and Parents’ Art Night, as well as merchandise sales, and revenue sharing opportunities. Volunteers are always needed. See our Event Schedule and Volunteer and Committees to help with one of these exciting activities.

About the PTA

The PTA was incorporated in 1985 and gained recognition as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1987. The formal name of the PTA is the Parents and Teachers Association of P.S. 29, Inc.