You can help at home!

Below are ways that you can help your school that are all free or of minimal cost but BIG impact. To help your school even more, spread the word about these to family, friends and neighbors.

Amazon Smile: So easy! Link up your Amazon account to Island Lake. Then, instead of logging on directly at, simply type in– it’s the same company with the same items, same Prime deals,  but by logging on to, Amazon will give us .5% of what you spend on eligible purchases without charging you anything more. To sign up, go to and when asked to identify the charity you want to support, search for us under “PTA Minnesota Congress Island Lake."  If you are shopping from the app, you can place the items in your cart and then complete your checkout from a browser.

Shutterfly:Turn the photos you love into photo books, cards, gifts and more.  Shop at any of the four Shutterfly sites (Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Wedding Paper Divas and Treat), and 13% of your purchase will be donated to Island Lake. Log in through 

Box Tops: Save Box Tops! It seems small but they really add up! Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for Island Lake. Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.  Learn all about this program at

Donate items to the school carnival:  Every classroom is assigned a theme for the spring carnival. Contribute to items to build great baskets to be used in the silent auction.

Donate to other events: Consider donating food items to one of the staff appreciation events we host.

Company matching program: Many companies offer a matching program for cash gifts their employee’s make to non-profit organizations – like our PTA! Ask your Human Resources Department!  You can write a check to "Island Lake PTA".

Eat at Red Robin: Sign up for their loyalty program, link your account to Island Lake and 1% of your check will go back to Island Lake. Easy!

Your Dollars Go Far: Your direct donations are always appreciated and are distributed as needs arise. Give to the Max, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 is a fun way to give!  Missed Give to the Max? Contact PTA leadership for direct donations.

Shop at Office Depot and Office Max:Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies at Office Dept or Office Max, provide your school ID at checkout and Island Lake will receive 5% back in credit for free supplies. Our code is:  70055147. 

Kowalski's Groceries for Good Causes: Island Lake PTA is now part of Kowalski's Groceries for Good Causes program! Next time you’re in the store for groceries, or even a Starbucks, slip your receipt into the cabinet drawer labeled “Island Lake PTA” in the front of the store. Quarterly, the receipts are totaled and based on the number of receipts deposited by customers, each organization is giving a check in the amount equal to the percentage of the total receipts deposited. Kowalski's awards $3000 each quarter per store!

If you need to keep your receipt, simply ask for a duplicate receipt at the time of purchase and they will give you one to put into the cabinet!


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