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What We Support

Our parent and family organization is committed to providing a well-organized, strong and equitable academic environment for our students. Friends of Thurgood Marshall is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parent volunteers, working closely with school administrators and staff to meet the diverse needs of our school community.

Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary is able to provides a wide range of volunteer and financial support to the school.  View the 2020-21 budget here.

We help fund the following:

  • Our library program – Mr. Zetterberg provides literacy and computer education, keeps our shelves full of wonderful books, and runs the Global Reading Challenge program and book exchanges.
  • Theater Artists-in-Residence, who bring a rich drama curriculum to selected classrooms, teaching our children about storytelling, improvisation, character development and other dramatic techniques.
  • Opportunity Grants and Classroom Grants available to teachers and staff for needs including instructional materials, art supplies, playground equipment, and books for the main and classroom libraries.
  • Special performances at school assemblies such as Book-it Repertory Theatre, Taproot Theatre and musical groups.
  • Before-school Choir, which performs at school and District events.
  • Scholarships for After-School Enrichment Programs to support equitable access to a wide variety of after-school activities, classes and enrichment opportunities for students
  • And more, including movie nights, special parent-education programs, parent-led special-interest groups and outreach efforts such as this website and Pup Press!

PLUS: Volunteers are recruited and coordinated by a lead volunteer, and account for thousands of hours in classroom, logistical and event support.

Volunteer for the school

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Classroom Grants

Classroom Grants of a fixed amount (set during the FTME budget process) are automatically provided to each full-time teacher to spend on needs such as  instructional materials, art supplies and books for the classroom library. Teachers new to Thurgood Marshall normally receive a bonus amount in their first year. Classroom grants require no application. A …

Literacy Tutors

[The following is adapted from an article appearing in a 2016 edition of Pup Press.] One of the many important programs your FTME donations support is 1:1 literacy tutoring for students who are not yet reading at grade-level standard. Staff tutors target specific skills needed by these students. In a recent year, five students in …

Opportunity Grants

Friends of Thurgood Marshall funds “Opportunity Grant” funds in its annual budget to support innovative initiatives that enrich the students’ educational experience. Teachers and staff are the primary applicants, but parents may team up with them to jointly submit an application. Our Board reviews applications on a case-by-case basis. (An Opportunity Grant is different from …

Theater residencies

FTME funding enables TM classes to spend time with professional theater teaching artists, usually culminating in a performance at an Assembly. Students have worked on a variety of performance types, including plays, improv, dance and songs.