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2019-2020 Fundraising Plan

Flight of the Falcons Direct Give Campaign

What is it?

The FOF Direct Give Campaign is DSST: Byers largest and only school wide fundraiser of the year.  We are essentially asking families to contribute to the fund as generously as they can. No donation is too small.  Every dollar counts.

When is the campaign?

The campaign will run from September 9th until November 8th, but we will continue to accept donations all year.  If you cannot donate until later in the year, please email me at fundraising@byersstp.com . We would like to know about your pledge to count it in the campaign total, but you can donate at any time throughout the school year.

 

What are the goals for the campaign? 

We hope to raise $125,000 and would like to have 90% participation of our families.

 

Where will the funds go?

The funds will enhance the student experience through providing resources and opportunities not covered by per pupil funding.  The areas of focus for this year are providing start up costs for new clubs, sustaining existing clubs with budgets for yearly expenses, supporting athletics, supporting the growth of student government and school spirit activities, providing funds to to continue school wide community building events such as the Fall Festival and Multicultural night, funds focused on teacher retention and the College Success Opportunity Fund focused on allowing all students to have the experiences that will build their college resumes to give them the best chance to be accepted to and receiving adequate scholarships to their best fit college and to pay college application fees and visit colleges.  Finally, we provide a portion (about 15%) of the funds we raise as a donation to the DSST Network in order to support the overall goal of our community to end educational inequity and to provide resources beyond per pupil funding to our DSST sister schools. Some of the network donation comes back to our community as all DSST schools receive a portion of these donated funds and all DSST schools who fundraise pay into this donation pool.

2 Easy Ways to Donate
  1. Donate with Cash or Check by using the FoF Donation Form.  Click FOF Donation form to contribute by cash or check.

  2. Donate online with a credit card by clicking here Online Donation

 

New this year we will be using Square as our online donation platform.  We are doing this because it allows DSST Byers to collect donations directly and eliminates the delay caused by STP having to write a check to the school.  ​​

You still have the option to give a one time donation, split your donation up into 10 monthly payments or choose an evergreen monthly option to continue monthly donations until you change or cancel your payments.  Please enter our address and email address so that we can send out tax receipts.

You can change or stop your donation anytime by emailing fundraising@byersstp.com.

Finally, Don't Forget:  Your company can participate through Company Matching:

Did you know that 65% of all companies match and some will do 2-1 matching?   This is an easy way to double or even triple your donation.  Check with your Human Resources Department to see if your company matches.

2018/19 Results

  • Total Fundraising via Flight of the Falcons Campaign                                                                    $111,933.78

  • 2016/2017 STP                                                                                                                                          $5,304.04                                                

  • Donation to DSST Network (15%)                                                                                                       -$17,700.00

  • Total Funds available for DSST Byers Projects *                                                                                $88,829.54  

          * Funds were distributed based upon the funds application process. The following list of items was funded:

Clubs and Enrichment- this year we funded a variety of projects which enabled students to experience new things at Byers!

  • Speech and Debate- we funded our first Speech and Debate team this year and are excited for them to continue to grow at Byers!

  •  Destination Imagination- provided registration fees and supplies to kick-start these teams.

  •  MS Music Club- sponsored a teacher to provide a space for students to start a band and play instrumental music

  • Cameras for Photo Class and Yearbook- if you’ve seen the excellent pictures on our social media or are getting excited about yearbooks you can thank FOF!

  • Adobe Editor- provided licenses to support the quality of our HS Newspaper (Talon Times) and Yearbook

  • Step Club- provided uniforms for our Step Club who rocked the house at Senior Signing Day and brought tons of joy to our entire High School Community

  • Drama Club- supported 2 guest teachers to come in and run our MS Drama club. Students performed ’15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play’ and participated in the 2019 DPS Shakespeare Festival as well as the Spring Arts Showcase.

  • 3D Printers- purchased 3D printers that were used across the high school for our Engineering courses.

  • BSA Fashion Show- supported our Black Student Association in putting on their first annual fashion show, and it was a hit!

 

Community Building Events sponsored by Falcons Without Borders - We provided funding for our FWOB group that helped ensure that our staff is compensated to do this work year over year and that our Fall Fun Day and Multicultural Night whole-school events could be planned and executed at the level we’ve come to expect.

 

College Success Opportunity Fund - We know, as a Network, that one of the main things holding students back from getting accepted and receiving adequate scholarships to attend their best fit schools is a lack of extracurricular activities and experiences. Our Opportunity Fund provided sponsorship for students from our high school to attend National Student Leadership Conferences, participate in the WPI Frontiers Program, Summer @ Brown: Genome Hijackers, Camp 4 Kenyon College, Club Volleyball, CU Denver Lynx Photography Class, Colorado Student Leaders Institute. Funds were awarded primarily based on the quality of student applications but also took into account financial need, connection to career and/or college and overall quality of programming.

 

Trophy Case - We are excited to unveil our trophy case during the 2019-20 school year and excited to have a place to proudly celebrate our accomplishments as a campus!

 

Parent Support - Speakers for parent events, School Directory

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DSST Community Support (15%) - Donation to the DSST Network to provide resources for all DSST Network students to have experiences not funded by per pupil funding.

 

2017/18 Results

  • Total Fundraising via Flight of the Falcons Campaign                                                                    $67,990.52
  • 2017/2018 STP Budget                                                                                                                          -6,172.70

  • Donation to DSST Network (12%)                                                                                                         -8,158.00

  • Total Funds available for DSST Byers Projects *                                                                             $53,659.80
    * Funds were distributed based upon the funds application process the following list of items was funded:

​Clubs -Guitars for HS Guitar Club.  Visiting artist fees, costumes and set supplies for drama club.   Climbing Club (Reusable gear and scholarships). Consumable art supplies for visual arts club.  Start up costs for dance club.

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Student Support - High School Pep Rallies, T-shirts for Pep club, Supplies for school wide donut day and last day ice cream. HR monitors for use during all MS PE classes.  HS retreat for all 9th and 10th graders. Assessment test kits for SPED students to support IEPs. Supplies for student mental health.

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Staff Support - Teacher appreciation activities

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Athletics - Upgrade to concession stand for use during athletic games.

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Building Improvements/Student Support - Investment in Student information multimedia center and trophy case for main entrance (½ funded)

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Parent Support - Speakers for parent events, School Directory

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DSST Community Support (10%) - Donation to the DSST Foundation to help fund visits to out of state colleges for students.

2016/17 Results

  • Total Fundraising via Flight of the Falcons Campaign                                                                    $44,527.23

  • 2016/2017 STP Budget                                                                                                                          -5,461.00

  • Donation to DSST Network (10%)                                                                                                        -4,452.72

         Total Funds available for DSST Byers Projects *                                                                             $34,613.51

          * Funds were distributed based upon the funds application process the following list of items was funded:

​Clubs - Robotics (fab lab equipment and reusable supplies), Small stipends for club leaders who run year long clubs with more than 10 students, Climbing Club (Reuable gear and scholarships), MS Chess Club (Tournament grade chess boards and clocks), Lego Robotics Club - Lego robotics kits

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Student Support - Middle School Dances (reusable supplies), High School Homecoming and Spring Fling, Scholarships for Wednesday Enrichments, High School Pep Rallies

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Staff Support - Teacher requested supplies for testing days, Teacher appreciation activities

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Athletics - High School Mascot

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Building Improvements/Student Support - 6 Mac computers, Professional lighting and microphones for all school events and performances, Wall mural completed at FWoB's Multicultural Event

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Parent Support - Speakers for parent events, School Directory

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DSST Community Support (10%) - Donation to the DSST Foundation to help fund visits to out of state colleges for students.

Support DSST: Byers while Shopping!

Our grocery card program proceeds will go to supporting the community wide events that FWoB organizes including Fall fun Day and Multi-Cultural Night.
 

King Soopers and Safeway Gift Cards

  • EARN $ for DSST Byers with every trip to the grocery store!

    Use King Soopers and/or Safeway gift cards and they'll contribute 5% of card purchases back to our school. 

  • If you don’t have a King Soopers or Safeway Gift Card, contact Dana Kang at fundraising@byersstp.com.

  • Whenever you shop for groceries at King Soopers or Safeway, when you get to the checkout counter, before the clerk starts to ring up your groceries, ask him or her to add money to your gift card by charging the desired amount on your credit card (you can also do this at the Customer Service desk). Then, after your order is rung up, pay with the gift card.

  • If the gift card sits for several months with no money on it, it will become de-activated, and you have to request  another one. 

  • If you already have a King Soopers gift card, you can go to the Customer Service desk and ask them to designate DSST-Byers as the beneficiary. Or, consider putting a DSST-Byers card into your shopping rotation, along with cards that support other organizations.

We also plan DSST-Byers specific Dine Out Restaurant Nights at Chipotle, Garlic Knot, Blackbird and others, so watch your email and newsletters for specific dates.  These restaurant nights are a great way to socialize with other DSST families while supporting our MS and HS athletics teams and clubs.