PTO Thrift Shop donates $140K to AAPS transportation

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop debuted a new store layout this fall.
The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop debuted a new store layout this fall.


By Tara Cavanaugh 

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop’s success helps our schools be successful too.

The shop renewed its donation of $100,000 to the AAPS Transportation Fund for the 2013-2014 school year, which is divided up between schools to pay for busing for field trips and enrichment activities. It first made the donation in 2010.

It also donated another $40,000 for late middle school busing, which provides transportation home for students who participate in after-school arts, athletics and academics. The shop shared the cost with the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation last year. 

“Looking forward, we see that transportation costs are so high that they would be very difficult to cut,” said shop Executive Director Ann Farnham.  “We’re thrilled to do what we can to help students be able to do this kind of enrichment. We think it’s a really valuable component of our students’ education.”

The shop had a successful Labor Day Sale, taking in sales of just over $7,300.

Its popular Labor Day and Memorial Day sales, in which everything is 50 percent off, are well-attended every year.

“Some customers waited patiently in a lineup before the doors opened for the Labor Day Sale this year,” Farnham said. “We love our fans, our shoppers who come in and have their eye on a deal.”

The thrift shop is poised to distribute $155,000 to school PTOs, sports teams and groups during this school year, Farnham said.

“I’m really proud of the shop’s ability to do this at a time when things are really needed.”

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