Growing Together @ Byers Direct Give Campaign

2020-2021 Fundraising Plan

What is it?

The Growing Together @ Byers 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 all year long.  We encourage you to get your donation as soon as you can because it helps us to plan activities/events we can fund. We use money we raise this year to fund this year’s needs and budget shortfalls. 

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

Donate with Cash or Check by using the Growing Together @ Byers Contribution Form

Donate online with a credit card by clicking here Online Donation

This year we will be using Donor Perfect 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 or split your donation up into 10 monthly 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.


Dear Parent Community,

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills” – Chinese Proverb 

I hope this message finds you well during these challenging times. This will certainly be a unique and challenging year here at DSST Byers. In the wake of the COVID19 crisis it is more important than ever that we continue to fulfill our mission of ending educational inequity and providing an excellent education and experience at Byers for all our kids.  I’m reaching out to you because we need your help right now to make sure we have the funding to continue to offer and grow the amazing extracurricular opportunities we have at Byers.  Now more than ever these activities will nurture our kids’ need for connection with classmates and teachers.  We understand that these are difficult times for many in our community.  If you are able, we’d be honored if you’d help us to raise $125,000 for our Growing Together @ Byers Annual Fund.   Your contribution is essential in these uncertain times to help our kids thrive, to give them a sense of security and normalcy and to continue to grow together as a community at Byers.

I’m reaching out on behalf of the entire Falcon Community to formally kick off our Growing Together @ Byers campaign for the 2020-21 School Year (we also talked about this at Back to School Week!). Each year we ask each and every member of our community  to contribute what they can to ensure that we can continue and build programming that will enrich the lives of our students and support them to explore their identities personally, socially, and academically at Byers.  

Over the past 5 years the contributions from our community through our Growing Together @ Byers (previously Flight of the Falcons campaign) have enabled us to create excellent programming for students outside of the classroom. Our students have made a name for themselves in Robotics, unleashed their creativity in Drama Club, gotten down at school dances, traveled abroad, visited colleges, and so much more because of the generosity of our community. We have truly grown up together over the past 7 years, and are now challenged to grow even more as part of a remote community. 

We know we are going to have to seriously STOOP after making meaningful connections in a new way and are already continuing much of our extracurricular programming remotely. We need community more than ever as we work to transition the amazing programming we’ve offered to an online environment. Your contributions (in time, or resources) will help ensure we have the staffing and platforms to do so! In the midst of so many unknowns, it means a lot to have your support in building our community.

This year we are transitioning to a year-long campaign that supports all members of our community to participate when they can and in the ways that feel authentic to them. Please contribute when and what you can, knowing that every contribution makes a difference for all students in our community. We look forward to building a strong remote community with you this year!

Click here to start your donation for our Byers community! Thank you so much for your support!

Elin Curry

School Director


“Cuando soplan los vientos del cambio, algunas personas construyen muros, otras construyen molinos de viento” – Proverbio chino

Espero que este mensaje lo encuentre bien durante estos tiempos difíciles. Este será sin duda un año único y desafiante aquí en DSST Byers. A raíz de la crisis de COVID19, es más importante que nunca que continuemos cumpliendo nuestra misión de acabar con la inequidad educativa y brindar una excelente educación y experiencia en Byers para todos nuestros niños. Me comunico con usted porque necesitamos su ayuda en este momento para asegurarnos de que tengamos los fondos para continuar a ofrecer y hacer crecer las increíbles oportunidades extracurriculares que tenemos en Byers. Ahora más que nunca, estas actividades nutrirán la necesidad de nuestros niños de conectarse con sus compañeros y maestros. Entendemos que estos son tiempos difíciles para muchos en nuestra comunidad. Si puede, sería un honor para nosotros que nos ayudarán a recaudar $125,000 para nuestro Fondo Anual Growing Together @ Byers. Su contribución es esencial en estos tiempos inciertos para ayudar a nuestros niños a prosperar, darles una sensación de seguridad y normalidad y para continuar a crecer juntos como comunidad en Byers.

Me estoy comunicando en nombre de toda la comunidad Halcón para lanzar formalmente nuestra campaña Growing Together @ Byers (Creciendo Juntos en Byers) para el año escolar 2020-21 (¡también habiamos hablado de esto en la Semana de Regreso a Clases!). Cada año les pedimos a todos y cada uno de los miembros de nuestra comunidad que contribuyan con lo que puedan para asegurar que podamos continuar y desarrollar programas que enriquezcan la vida de nuestros estudiantes y los apoyen para explorar sus identidades personal, social y académicamente en Byers.

Durante los últimos 5 años, las contribuciones de nuestra comunidad a través de nuestra campaña Growing Together @ Byers (anteriormente la campaña Flight of the Falcons) nos han permitido crear una excelente programación para los estudiantes fuera del aula. Nuestros estudiantes se han hecho un nombre en robótica, han desatado su creatividad en el Club de Drama, se han bailado en bailes escolares, han viajado al extranjero, han visitado universidades y mucho más gracias a la generosidad de nuestra comunidad. Realmente hemos crecido juntos durante los últimos 7 años y ahora tenemos el desafío de crecer aún más como parte de una comunidad remota.

Sabemos que vamos a tener que STOOP seriamente después de hacer conexiones significativas de una manera nueva y ya continuamos gran parte de nuestra programación extracurricular de forma remota. Necesitamos la comunidad más que nunca mientras trabajamos para hacer la transición de la increíble programación que ofrecemos a un entorno en línea. ¡Sus contribuciones (en tiempo o recursos) ayudarán a garantizar que tengamos el personal y las plataformas para hacerlo! En medio de tantas incógnitas, significa mucho contar con su apoyo en la construcción de nuestra comunidad.

Este año estamos haciendo la transición a una campaña de un año que apoya a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad a participar cuando pueden y de la manera que les parezca auténtica. Contribuya cuando y lo que pueda, sabiendo que cada contribución marca la diferencia para todos los estudiantes de nuestra comunidad. ¡Esperamos construir una comunidad remota sólida con usted este año!

¡Haga clic aquí para comenzar su donación para nuestra comunidad Byers! ¡Muchas gracias por su apoyo!

Elin Curry

Directora escolar de DSST: Byers