Our Mission and Initiatives
The PTSA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
What We Do
Our goal is to enrich each student’s experience through various initiatives, including but not limited to:
- Mini-Grants supporting the needs of student organizations and teacher initiatives
- Senior Scholarships
- Reflections Literary and Arts Program
- Senior Celebrations (e.g., Post-Prom Parties, Graduation Ceremonies, Senior Picnics)
- Hospitality and Staff Appreciation
- Support school and community programs for Loch Raven students and families in need
Applications for Mini-Grant for 2020-2021 are being accepted on a rolling basis. Teachers/Staff: Email us for an application or check your inboxes.
To date this year (2020-2021), the PTSA has award small mini-grants to:
> The National Honors Society to offset costs for dues for members during this challenging economic time.
> The Music Department’s initiative to create a Virtual Spring Concert that will be incorporated into the curriculum and using professional software and support. More funds are needed to make this a reality. Click here to make a donation to this initiative.
In 2019-2020, the LRHS PTSA awarded more than $4,000 in mini-grants to staff and clubs for materials and programs, which engaged our students and enriched their educational experience. This amount of funding would not have been possible without a generous, anonymous donation.
Here’s a few examples of how funds were used:
> Supplies for the school-wide annual 100 Days of Service, which helped contribute a collective sense of purpose and donation of 600 items for the community.
> Startup supplies for The Raiders Brew Coffee Shop for staff, which helps provide career readiness skills for students in the Social Communication Learning Support Program.
> Additional camera equipment for the Yearbook allowing more students photography experience.
> Uniforms for the Raiders News Network for daily announcements and reporting of off- and on-campus school events.
> Supplemental hands-on materials to enhance math instruction.
> Funds to reduce fees to allow more students to attend the Princeton Model Congress, an experience where they can join other students from around the country in an interactive, dynamic process in learning about the workings of the democratic process.
See the Mini-Grant dollars at work on our Gallery page and our YouTube channel!
Check back here for information on how to apply to the mini-grants program or contact Beth Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a typical year, the LRHS PTSA awards 10 scholarships of $250 to graduating seniors to be applied to future educational or training expenses. The awards are based on merit and need.
The LRHS PTSA also awards 2 Jackie Lamp Memorial Scholarships for $250. The Jackie Lamp Memorial Scholarship fund was established to recognize Jacqueline Lamp’s outstanding service and contributions to educating the students in the BCPS. At the time of her passing, she was the Principal at LRHS (2004-2008) and was the Assistant Principal at Dulaney HS from 2002-2004.
Contact the LRHS Counseling Office on how to apply.
Each year the National PTA supports the Reflections program, which is an opportunity for students to achieve recognition and access to the arts building student confidence and success in the arts and in life.
Every year students submit a complete work in the arts based on a different theme each year. The arts categories are: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.
The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is: I Matter Because….
The deadline is: November 20, 2020
View past submissions and learn more about prizes and scholarships here.
Contact Janet Steven at email@example.com for more information.
Throughout the year, our volunteers work hard to show our appreciation to the many faculty and staff at LRHS for their continued dedication to our students and community.
When possible, the LRHS PTSA also provides hospitality to visitors, guests and attendees of our school and PTSA events. This hospitality is often only available due to generous donations of food, drinks and supplies from our community. Please consider donating items for hospitality here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, we are bringing Diversity and Inclusion to the PTSA. We are focused on recognizing diversity values differences and similarities among our school community. These characteristics include age, ethnicity, gender, language and culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status among many different things. Look for opportunities throughout the school year to participate in diversity and inclusion activities.
For further information, contact Brianna Goocharan at email@example.com.
Community Day is one of the LRHS PTSA’s largest fundraisers each spring. It brings together community groups (e.g., Fire/Police Departments, Red Cross, Student Support Network), vendors and crafters, and the school community, including an Arts Show, music provided by LRHS students, along with Class and Club fundraising. Kid oriented activities are also included, such as face painting and Home Depot projects. ALL ARE WELCOME to attend. Disappointingly, the 2020 Community Day was cancelled, but we are hopeful to see everyone this upcoming spring in 2021.
For more information on how to help or to submit a booth application, contact Erin O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org. **Shadow Community Day Volunteer Coordinator needed for 2021 to assume the role in 2022**
Each year the PTSA sponsors a Senior celebration, such as a Post-Prom Party. Devastatingly, all Senior celebrations from Prom, to Post-Prom Party to an in-person Graduation were cancelled this past year. Fortunately, with the help of many parent volunteers, the PTSA was able to sponsor a Drive-Through Graduation Celebration on June 12, 2020 at Goucher College. Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Senior events for 2020-2021 are unclear. One option the PTSA is exploring is a Senior Day or Senior Picnic/Carnival, which could be held outdoors with social distancing.
We welcome ideas for the upcoming year as well as time and donations. For more information, contact Erin O’Brien at email@example.com or the Class of 2021 PTSA Liaison, Thea Mussman at firstname.lastname@example.org.