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2017 Check Writing Campaign

Dear Chickering School families,

UPDATE: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the many families who have already generously given! Chickering’s PTO Check Writing Campaign 2017 has been a huge success so far! We have heard from so many of you who would still like to make a donation so we have extended the campaign until March 1st! To show our sincere appreciation we have entered everyone who has already given and will enter anyone who gives during Valentine's week into a raffle gift for an evening out at Nosh & Grog. We hope that everyone will join in our fundraising efforts and ensure that Chickering School will continue to be an outstanding place where children learn, laugh, grow, care, and Make a Difference. 


Visit our You Caring fundraising page by clicking the link on the right of this page or download a form here and send in a check made payable to Dover PTO via your child’s backpack to Check Writing by March 1, 2017! 


Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day!



Happy New Year!  We look forward into 2017 with hope, optimism and gratefulness. How fortunate we are to live and educate our children in the Dover community! Our goal for 2017 is Making A Difference at Chickering! We return from winter break to exciting curriculum enrichment programs, highly qualified and dedicated teachers and state of the art teaching resources and equipment.    

Your support is critical in maintaining the high standard learning environment, we all receive. Last year the Dover PTO held the successful Hollywood-themed Auction. For our major giving opportunity this year we invite you to participate in the Dover PTO’s Check Writing Campaign:

"The Big Night In!" This will be the event of the year! You are invited to stay home and relax with your family!

  • No need to make a hair appointment;

  • No reason to rush out and buy new shoes or a new dress;

  • No need to buy tickets;

  • No Uber to and from the big event; and


Just think of all the money you’ll save by participating in The Big Night In!

We are serious about maintaining the superior quality and high standard of education that Chickering School, provides for our children. The Dover PTO’s Total Operating Budget for the 2016-2017 school year is approximately $85,000.00. That allows us to spend about $175.00 per student! Please use this information as a guideline but consider giving whatever amount is appropriate for your family. Any contribution large or small will be gratefully accepted!

Where do your contributions go?

  • Approximately 45% goes to Curriculum Enrichment Programs. These programs bring authors, poets, artists, naturalists, musicians, historians and scientists into each classroom.

  • $200 per year is given to each faculty member at Chickering, to use at his/her discretion to enhance instruction.

  • $5,000 per year is given by the Dover PTO to fund larger scale, specific teacher grants. This allows our school to adapt to advances in curriculum, technology and the arts. We fund iPads, interactive whiteboards, robotics, Chromebooks, electronic spell checkers, musical instruments, sensory items and more!

  • METCO Events

  • Community Outreach - Make a Difference Club

  • The Outdoor Classroom

  • Teacher Hospitality Events

  • Books from The Heart

  • Community Events; Movie Night, Science Fair, International Night, Bike Safety Day, Parents Night Out, Back to School Picnic

  • Fifth Grade Celebration

  • Dover-Sherborn High School Senior Scholarship Program – An essay based scholarship awarded to 2 former Chickering students who are graduating seniors of Dover-Sherborn High School.

100% family participation is our goal!

The Dover PTO has historically enjoyed a strong commitment and generous support from our community.  We hope that you will join in our fundraising efforts and ensure that Chickering School will continue to be a place where children learn, laugh, grow, care, and make a difference!



The Dover PTO



Katie Niemiec

Fundraising Chair

29 Cross Street

Dover, MA 02030

Mary Kate Boehm

Fundraising Vice Chair

We encourage you to ask your company to match your donation to your child’s school.  We are happy to help you follow up or contact your company if the need additional information. 


Please contact Deena Aborjaily at with any questions. We thank you in advance for your generous support!

*Please note that a check is preferred for larger donations as there are processing fees associated with PayPal that will significantly reduce the amount for your donation. 

Your Donation is Tax Deductible

The Dover PTO is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. All contributions are 100% tax deductible (in excess of the fair market value of the goods or services received in return). Donation receipts will be provided in circumstances where a tax deduction may be claimed.

Our tax ID number is 043-427-289. 

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