2019 Cardinal Campaign

 Please see below for more detailed information about: Donate Now! 

  • This year's Cardinal Campaign
  • Corporate Matching
  • Class Contest
  • Sample Email for Donation Solicitation


The 2019 Cardinal Campaign is underway and we're going to

Take Learning Outside!

Each year, donations from Cunningham Park ES families help fund the numerous programs the PTA supports and sponsors.  The primary source of fundraising for our organization is the Cardinal Campaign.  Unlike other fundraisers during which children need to sell something, 100% of all funds from the Cardinal Campaign support Cunningham Park.  That means, with your support of our PTA, we are able to provide:


  • Community nights like Hallowingo;

  • Educational opportunities for children and parents;

  • School technology and books;

  • Field trip transportation; and

  • More!


In addition to funding our core events and programs, this year we want to help our teachers Take Learning Outside with a new outdoor classroom!


Our teachers have a multitude of resources available to them inside the four walls of the school, but imagine what they could do with a true outdoor classroom that includes seating, workspaces for students, a weather station, a lab table, and more! The opportunities of what they can teach outside are endless.  Many regular classroom lessons can be taken outside to the fresh air, but think of the 2nd grade monarch butterfly unit and the chance to see a butterfly float by during the lesson. In kindergarten, students learn about the lifecycle of the pumpkin. Instead of taking a walk outside once or twice to the community garden to see the pumpkins, imagine being outside every week for a month or two and seeing how much the pumpkins grow each week. Not only can science lessons be taught outside, the spectrum of FCPS curriculum from reading to writing to math at every grade level can be taught outside, too! With an outdoor classroom, all of this, and more are possible.




Monarch caterpillar on the native milkweed planted next to the CPES community garden.  CPES 2nd grade students visit the milkweed during the butterfly lifecycle portion of the 2nd grade science curriculum.




To create this educational space and Take Learning Outside, we aim to raise $15,000 during this year’s Cardinal Campaign.


We have a number of levels at which to donate.  If each family donates at the Branch Level, we will reach our goal and truly  Take Learning Outside!


















Please choose the level that works best for your family.  All donations to the CPES PTA, including the Cardinal Campaign, are tax deductible, and a donation receipt will be provided after your contribution is received. 


Similar to other fundraisers, please share this campaign with close family and friends and ask if they would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support our school.  If you would like to send them an email asking for their support, please click here for a sample email that you can copy, modify, and send. 


Additionally, donations may be eligible for corporate matching.  If your employer matches, please consider requesting a match for your Cardinal Campaign donation. Our EIN is 54-1557308. We have a Bronze certification with GuideStar and are also recognized by Benevity. If your company works with a different vendor, please email Tracy McCarty and we'll work to gain recognition with them, too.


To learn more about the Cardinal Campaign contests we are holding for the class with the highest donation percentage and for those who obtain a corporate match, please click here.


On behalf of the students, teachers, staff, and PTA, thank you in advance for your support of our amazing school!


Donate Now!


If you have any questions about the Cardinal Campaign, please email Tracy McCarty.





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