PATH (Parent and Teachers Helping)

Parents and Teachers Helping (PATH), a non-profit organization, provides fundraising and volunteer support to Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary school. We have chosen to be a non-profit organization instead of a traditional PTA (Parent Teacher Association). This allows us to keep all the money raised within PATH and support the school rather paying dues and fees to a national organization.

Our Mission

"To support the education of the students of Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary by providing additional classes, support,
supplies and teaching assistance that are not provided by LAUSD.”

Why is fundraising necessary?
Aren’t my tax dollars paying for this school? Yes, your tax dollars are paying for the teachers and facilities. But many schools with a large disadvantaged student population qualify for Federal Title I money to provide students with enriching experiences that they might not otherwise receive. Our school does not qualify, and is therefore at a disadvantage. It is up to us to raise the additional funds to be able to offer our children the same quality of education.

PATH uses many different fundraising approaches, including: book fairs, special events, magazine drive, grocery store loyalty programs, and spirit wear. But our most important fundraiser is Funds 4 R Future, an annual campaign where PATH asks that each Castlebay family give $500 or participate to whatever extent is possible.

Money raised by PATH goes to education programs and services to support the whole school. Individual teachers participate in separate fundraising activities to collect money for classroom books, supplies, and student prizes. They may request your assistance with Scholastic book orders, snacks, and providing supplies directly.

What does the money get used for?
PATH funds the following education programs:

  • Computer lab and supplies
  • A full-time Computer lab instructor
  • Music instruction for K-5 half the year
  • Art instruction for K-5 half the year
  • Teacher assistances (TAs)
  • Science lab instructor and supplies
  • Workroom aide and supplies
  • Accelerated Reader (AR)
  • Safety supplies per classroom
  • One field trip per student per classroom

Please donate!!

If you have any questions regarding the Funds 4 R Future program, please send a message to