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.

2017-2018 PTA Board of Directors
What the PTA funds
How we raise funds
About the PTA

2017-2018 PTA Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Karin Ezbiansky Pavese and Ellen Lafferty

Co-Treasurers:  Allison French and Emily Chan

Co-Secretaries: Jami Belasky and Loretta SooHoo

Co-VPs – Communication: Sigourney Toll and Esther Dockery

Co-VPs – Fundraising: Shannon Lorraine and Lizzie Hand

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

VP Afterschool: Nick Houselog

The board of directors can be reached at

What the PTA funds

With national, state and city education budgets being reduced year after year, your help is needed. Each year, class sizes grow larger and more programs are cut. At PS29, we are all united by our deep commitment to providing the best possible education to our children. This includes not only excellent core learning, but also a wide range of enrichment programs that help enhance education, encourage creativity and expand young minds.

  • 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 $600 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. To achieve the net income goal of more than $600 per child, we actually need to raise more than $1000 per child to cover the promised programs next year.

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–no expenses and no volunteer hours! Every dollar counts, and no contribution is too small. Please give as generously as you can. 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 needed see Event Schedule and Volunteer and Committees to help with one of these exciting activities.

DONATE. VOLUNTEER. PARTICIPATE. Your involvement is more important 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.

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.