Why do we need Direct Appeal?


Each year, Mt. Washington PTA (“MWPTA”) holds Direct Appeal to raise funds that help bridge the gap between the minimum funding provided by LAUSD and the resources and services necessary to promote a well supported and highly successful learning environment at Mt. Washington Elementary. Simply put, public funding alone is not enough to create the kind of environment that serves every child and promotes academic excellence for all. That’s why we need Direct Appeal each year, and that’s why your donation, in any amount, is critical.


As Mt. Washington has grown in recent years, we know that many (if not most) of our families have two full-time working parents. We understand that time is the most valuable resource our parents have. As such, instead of asking for the kids to go door to door selling chocolate or other time-consuming activities, we choose this direct method of fundraising in support of our working parents.


What does Direct Appeal pay for?


For the 2023/2024 school year, our goal is to raise $200,000.


We currently fund the following, paid for by MWE families and friends through the Direct Appeal campaign in 2022-23 and spent approximately $600/student.

  • Full Time Intervention Teacher

  • Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW)

  • Classroom Aides

  • Supervision Aides

  • Physical Education

  • Dance Programs

For more details, click here.

Have questions? Click here.

Are you a new MWE family? Click here.


The above is subject to change based on the needs of the school and the amount raised.


Your gift to the MWPTA Direct Appeal is 100% tax deductible, and every dollar benefits your student, their classroom and their friends.


[We understand that everyone's financial situation is different. Additionally, whether we like it or not, life happens. Situations just pop-up. Situations that cost money, sometimes a lot of money. We hope that the message is clear that all donations are voluntary.]



Give Monthly: We offer payment plans so more families can give the amount they want, the way they want.


We also take donations via Check.


Please make checks payable to "Mount Washington PTA"


Send to:


c/o Mt. Washington Elementary
3981 San Rafael Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90065


Or you can drop checks off at the school office, which is open from 7:30am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.


Everyone who donates receives a MWE window cling so we can all show our school spirit!



Mt. Washington PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization, Fed Tax ID 95-6208664, permit on file.


Please contact president@mpwta.org with any questions.

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