Your PTA donations and volunteer activities support programs that enhance the educational experience for students and provide needed support for Barksdale teachers, staff, and the campus. All of these initiatives are dependent upon financial support from Barksdale parents, members of the community, and local businesses.

Each year, the Barksdale PTA Ways and Means Committee collects the funds needed through a variety of programs 

How are PTA donations spent?

Your generous support of the PTA through our various fundraising activities ensures these programs continue:

Student Programs

  • Field trips
  • Grade-level workshops
  • Author visits
  • School-wide parties
  • Chess team
  • School supplies
  • Reading Ambassador Week
  • Scholarships
  • Experience the Awareness
  • Assemblies
  • Yearbook
  • Study buddies
  • 5th grade graduation
  • International Day
  • Red Ribbon Rally
  • School store
  • Student agendas
  • Arts in Education

Teacher, Staff and Campus Support

  • Teacher treats
  • Grade-level supplies
  • Time for Kids subscriptions
  • Shoebox science materials
  • Environmental program
  • Room reps
  • Teacher grants
  • Teacher resources
  • Building and landscape
  • Library volunteers
  • Office volunteers

Family Programs

  • Science Night
  • Newcomers lunch
  • Fall and Spring Picnics
  • SAGE
  • PTA volunteer training
  • Family Art Night
  • Book Fair/Pajama Night
  • Practical parent programs
  • Weekly e-mail blast
  • Spirit wear
  • Spring Auction

Write-a-Check Campaign

Every student at Barksdale benefits from the Bronco Buddy Write-a-Check Campaign! Team Up and show your support by contributing to the Bronco Buddy Write a Check campaign! Be a part of the Barksdale Bronco Buddy team and support the Write-a-Check Campaign.

As a school community, we have been very fortunate over the years in providing a wonderful experience for our children. The commitment and support of all of our families makes this possible. Your participation is reflected in the exceptional education our students receive at Barksdale Elementary. The Bronco Buddy Write-a-Check campaign is the main PTA fundraiser for Barksdale Elementary, enabling the school to offer the previously mentioned programs and more.

These donations are 100% tax deductible and may even be matched by your employer. Be sure to check with your employer’s Human Resources department. A receipt will be sent for your contribution.

Check out the BoxTops for Education site for more ways to earn BoxTops.

It is easy to do and it really helps to raise money for the Barksdale PTA. Did you know that for every BoxTop that is turned in, Barksdale gets $10 cents. Last year we made over $600 from collecting Box Tops. This year, with your help we can do better.Box Tops for Education accepts products from Kleenex, Cottonelle, Scott and Viva. Companies and products already participating in this program include General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Yoplait, Ziploc, Bugles, Fruit Roll-ups, and Pop Secret & many more. Complete Box Tops Product Listing.

Remember to cut out each box top on the dotted line. This saves time because they all must be cut for redemption. Please send them in to your child’s teacher or place them in the PTA box in the mailroom.

Campbell’s Labels for Education

Collect UPCs and beverage caps from participating Cambell products to earn great stuff for our school! Click here for a full list of participating products.

  1. Clip and/or save the product UPC or cap from a participating product (only the UPC NOT the entire label will be accepted).
  2. Send in the UPCs with your child to your child’s teacher or turn them in at school.
  3. The Barksdale PTA will redeem them for GREAT STUFF for our school.

Employer Matching Gift Program

Because of our non-profit status, anyone who donates to the Barksdale PTA can submit a form to their employer to ask them to match the amount of their donation to us. The form is usually provided by their company – they just have to submit a copy of their Packet Pickup receipt, or the letter that we send to them thanking them for their donation, and encouraging them to go to their company to request the match.

Here’s a list of companies that are known to have a Matching Gift Program Gift Matching Companies(pdf). It’s not all-inclusive, so companies not on this list may still have a matching program. Please contact our third vice-president of ways & means at, for more information.

Raise funds for our PTA by donating used clothing, shoes and other items to our World Wear Bin!

Support Barksdale PTA with every purchase. Remember to renew twice per year.

Support Barksdale PTA with qualifying purchases.


Link your account to support Barksdale. 


Click through our Barksdale store front and Shutterfly will donate 8% of purchases.

Visit Kwik Kar for your oil changes and auto needs! Every Tuesday and Sunday by mentioning "Barksdale PTA" you'll receive $8 off an Oil Change, 10% off mechanical labor, and Barksdale will receive $5!

Staff Favorites

Gift giving made easy! Click HERE for a list of the teachers' favorite things.

Want to be a Barksdale Volunteer?

You can access the Plano ISD volunteer management system, VOLY, to create an account and complete an application, online orientation and criminal history check. These items must be completed by volunteers each school year to be eligible for district/school volunteer opportunities. Please visit to create a volunteer account and begin this process.

To view how to sign up for Barksdale volunteer opportunties, click here.

The Remind App! 

Get Reminders about PTA related activities with the Remind App. Using the Remind app, text @barkspta to 810-10 to be added to the Barksdale PTA group to begin receiving texts about PTA related activities.

Follow us on Facebook! 

Get updates, reminders, and info on all the fun things happening at Barksdale! 

Yearbook Pics 

Submit your photos for the 2022-2023 yearbook by Wednesday, March 1, 2023! This year, you can send photos through the Balfour app (Apple or Android) or through the Balfour website

Use Barksdale Project Number 316894 when submitting your photos.

Space is limited. Not all submissions will be printed. Only photos of students and staff will be considered.