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Why We Fundraise

P.I.E.C.E. has one mission: to support our educators and students. Every year, we have several fundraisers to try to generate a cash flow so that we can continue providing this support in ways that truly make a difference in our school. We know it’s not anyone’s favorite part of the school year, but it really is for a good cause. Over the past few years, P.I.E.C.E. has utilized fundraising dollars and many, many parent volunteer hours for the following purchases and activities:

  • Purchased new P.E. equipment
  • Purchased new headphones and mice for classroom computers
  • Contributed financially to the Back to School Alliance (book bags & supplies for underprivileged children in our community)
  • Provided classroom money for teachers to buy supplies
  • Purchased non-classroom teacher gifts
  • Provided money for the IMC/library
  • Purchased lamination
  • Provided money for hand sanitizer
  • Provided daily snacks during testing
  • Provided 2 college scholarships for former Prairieland students
  • Paid for magazine subscriptions for classrooms (Time for Kids/Scholastic News/National Geographic Explorer)
  • Paid for website licensing
  • Hosted the Coffee and Kleenex event for kindergarten parents
  • Hosted and provided snacks for Movie Night
  • Built the Prairieland float for Normal West High School Homecoming Parade
  • Coordinated the Trunk or Treat night
  • Hosted Staff Appreciation Week
  • Coordinated, photographed, designed, and ordered yearbooks
  • Coordinated the school phone directory
  • Placed orders for and distributed spirit wear
  • Planned and paid for the school Carnival, including prizes
  • Planned the Earth Day Obby Run
  • Coordinated the ordering and distribution of school supply kits
  • Admin the school’s Facebook page

P.I.E.C.E. makes a budget each year in May, which is reviewed and voted on by the membership in September. If you’re interested in learning more about our fundraising efforts, and why they’re important to the success of our school, we encourage you to attend one of our monthly meetings this year. You can always email the board officers at or send us a private message on the Prairieland Elementary Facebook page. Thank you for your support!