Cale Elementary PTO

Cale Carnival

On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Paul H. Cale Elementary School PTO will be hosting our annual Cale Carnival from 6:00 to 8:30 PM, and we are seeking donations for this year's event. This family event, which features food, games and fun, is our largest fundraiser, and it creates an opportunity for our community to come together and show support for our school. 

Each tax-deductible donation can make a huge difference! Donated items and gift certificates will be used to raise funds at the Carnival through the Cale Silent Auction, Raffle or used for teacher appreciation. The Cale PTO annual budget is $29,000, and as our marquee event, we depend on the Cale Carnival to raise more than one-third of the entire budget. 

Last year, our event raised almost $12,000, and featured more than 250 donated items. While the county budget continues to compel the school system to operate with a funding shortfall, schools increasingly must turn to other sources of support to offer our community’s children the best education possible. The Cale PTO strives to be a consistent and reliable resource for Cale, so that our youngest students have the best educational start possible. We cannot do this without your help. 

Cale Elementary School is the second largest elementary school in Albemarle County with 670 students, and more than 45% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. Your generosity will help us continue to fund educational opportunities for all children at Cale--such as classroom technology upgrades, field trips, assemblies, classroom supplies, and after school clubs. The success of this event is not possible without the tremendous support of sponsors like you.

Instead of donating an item, you can choose to be a sponsor for the Carnival with a monetary donation. With a donation of $250 or more, recognition of your sponsorship will be printed in our school newsletter, “The Cale Communicator” and our electronic newsletter, the Colt Express. In addition, your sponsorship will be advertised on every promotional flyer sent home to parents. At a $500 donation level, you will additionally be able to advertise at the Carnival with a poster or banner of your choice, as well as have the option to set up a table.

We hope to receive your donation as soon as possible so we can advertise your sponsorship to the fullest extent. Please contact Ellie Sharp at 434.979.1659 or to arrange a donation pick-up.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to a fun-filled evening in April. Please join us!


For your records, the Cale PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and our tax identification number is 54-1317474.


The Cale Silent Auction take palce in conjuction with the Cale Carnival on Friday, April 22 at Monticello High School. The auction opens when the Carnival opens, at 6 PM, and closes at approximately 8 PM, 30 minutes prior to the Carnival's close at 8:30 PM. 

For a list of the great items available, please take a look at the catalog below. Additional items may be available at the event if donated after our catalog publication. Please be sure to visit the auction, located in the high school "Forum," for some awesome items and a great way to support our school!