March for Mars 2018

We are announcing our fall PTO FUNdraiser, the 5th annual March for Mars!  Our goal is to raise money for the Mars Elementary PTO while promoting health and fitness & having FUN!  March for Mars will be a walk-a-thon for which the students will collect pledges from friends and family.  ALL students will participate in a walk on or near their campus during the school day on October 3rd (MAE), October 4th  (Cent), and October 5th (PC) at a time designated by their principals.* Proceeds from the event will fund PTO programs for the 2018-2019 school year.  We expect this fundraiser to be a big success and the major fundraiser of the year!  It includes the “opt out” program that you are used to; if you choose to contribute $30, you will have done your part to ensure we reach our annual goal and continue to fund the many important programs and activities that we sponsor.  Please note: if you “opt out” you will still receive prizes appropriate at the $30 level (see Prizes below).

We need you to collect donations from friends and family to sponsor you for March for Mars.  We are asking for a flat donation, not a per-lap donation.

Donations can be collected by:

1) Cash or Check: Checks can be made payable to Mars Elementary PTO.

2) Online Donations: Use the following link to the website. (DONATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.)

This is a great way to reach out to those out-of-town friends and relatives and to use social media to help in your fundraising efforts.


Envelopes will distributed via your child’s Friday folder on  or before September 1st.  If you do not get an envelope, you may get one from your school secretary or simply mark your child’s name, child’s grade and teacher, amount collected (online and otherwise) and child’s t-shirt size if >$40  on any envelope.


All students will be eligible to earn the following PRIZES based upon the amount of donations they collect:

All participants will receive the exclusive March for Mars Statement Band.

  • $10 – Exclusive March for Mars drawstring bag
  • $30 – Congratulations, you have opted out and will help PTO reach its annual goal.
  • $40 – Exclusive T-shirt to be worn the day of the event (delivered the week of the event).
  • $75 – Mars Water Bottle (delivered mid October)
  • $150 – Mars Blanket  (delivered mid October)
  • $300 – Mars Under Armour Hoodie (delivered mid October)

We can accept donations after the deadline but canNOT guarantee the availability of prizes, so turn in your collection envelope with cash and/or checks NO LATER THAN FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14th!

*There is no rain date should this event be canceled due to inclement weather. All pledges collected will be considered a donation to the Mars Elementary PTO. We will make every effort to work around any adverse weather conditions on “march” day.

March for Mars – Platinum Sponsors

March for Mars – Gold Sponsors

Mars PTO is now part of the Amazon Smile program!

Don’t forget to select Mars Elementary PTO Inc. when you are shopping on Amazon this Christmas and all year through! Amazon Smile is a program where Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the PTO when we are selected by their customers. All you have to do is go to Amazon Smile, select Mars Elementary PTO out of the charitable organizations (or click on the link) and .5% of what you purchase will go directly to the PTO to be used for programs at the PC, MAE and Centennial. There is no cost to you, the Amazon Smile site is the same as the regular site, and the money goes directly into the PTO bank account quarterly. Simple!


Share it with your family and friends, too!

Now is also a good time to make sure a Mars school is registered on your reward cards at other places you shop or eat like Giant Eagle and Red Robin.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jessica Black, PTO Treasurer at

Sarris Candy

Sarris candy pick up is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 from 3:30-6:30 pm in the Mars Area Elementary (MAE) Cafeteria.

Questions? Contact Karen Goul