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Principal Tahvia Shaw


Dear TCMS Family and Friends,

Dear Parents,
On behalf of our Students, Faculty and Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your participation in Team Tornado. Team Tornado is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the school year. Team Tornado originated from the concept that all Terrace Community Middle School families would work as a “team” to raise money needed for our public charter school. Each year the administrative staff recommends to the school’s governing board, the Back To Basics charter School Foundation, Inc., (BTBCSF) that fundraising take place in order to purchase items that are targeted to the needs of the school. The Team Tornado fundraiser is scheduled each year during the month of September. This year I have requested that a goal of $75,000 be set for this year’s Team Tornado donation drive.
We are encouraging all TCMS families to raise at least $200 per student in donations toward our goal of $75,000. We realize there are some families that may be able to provide support at a higher level than has been requested by the PRA. In order to reach our goal, we are personally inviting parents and businesses that are in a position to give more to please contribute at one of the following levels:
Bronze Tornado - $500.00
Silver Tornado - $1,000.00
Gold Tornado - $2,500.00
Platinum Tornado - $5,000.

The money raised this school year will be used to support a variety of projects needed this school year. Using Team Tornado funds, we would like to update our school’s laptops which are 7 – 9 years old. We would also like to shade our picnic areas, repair the concrete in the breezeway and install retractable basketball hoops in the gym. All of these initiatives will benefit our students and school greatly.
As you may or may not know, public charter schools currently do not receive any of the 2 mills property tax dollars. This lack of parity in capital funding forces TCMS and all other charter schools in Hillsborough County to use operational dollars to pay for rent or mortgages. Each year, TCMS utilizes operational dollars from our generated state funding to help offset the capital deficit. As a result, the purchase of certain instructional supplies, equipment and materials suffers.
The Finance and Development committee of the Back to Basics Charter School Foundation, inc., (BTBCSF) and the school’s faculty works very closely with TCMS’ Parent Resource Association (PRA) on this annual fundraiser. Your support is greatly needed and very appreciated.

Tahvia Shaw, M. Ed.


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