March for Mars 2019

Calling All March for Mars Volunteers!

October 9th:  Centennial School (at the MAC)
October 10th:  Primary Center (field in front of admin)
October 11th: MAE (Doc’s Way, behind MAE)

The PTO needs lots of volunteers to keep the kids on course, keep their water cups and bottles filled, and to cheer them on as they March for Mars!  In addition to volunteers on the day of each school’s “march,” we will need a handful of parents to assist with prize sorting and distribution on Monday, October 7th.

If you would like to help the PTO run this terrific fundraiser and see your kids and their classmates in action, please use the appropriate “SignUp” link below.

Note:  Each school has a separate Sign-Up page.  If you have children in more than one school and wish to participate with each child, you will need to use more than one link.

Centennial School –

Please remember to have your license scanned. If you have any questions, please contact the March for Mars coordinator or the appropriate building representative:

Jessica Randall (M4M Coordinator) –
Julie Walker (PC) –
Melissa Gulnac (MAE) –
Rachel McMichael (Cent) –

Thank you so much for your help.  Cross your fingers for beautiful fall weather!

This year we will hold our 6th annual fall PTO FUNraiser, MARCH for MARS!  Our goal is to raise money for the Mars Elementary PTO while promoting health, fitness, and having FUN! March for Mars will be a walk-a-thon where 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 9th (Centennial), October 10th (PC), and October 11th (MAE) at the time designated by their principals. Proceeds from the event will fund PTO programs for the 2019-2020 school year. We expect this fundraiser to be a big success and the major fundraiser for the year!

More information will be sent home from school, but all donations (checks and/or online donations) are due by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th


Collect $50 and your name will be entered into a drawing to win an Autographed Sidney Crosby jersey with a certificate of authenticity! Then, for each additional $50 raised, your name will be entered again.

Here’s what you need to do:  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: Cash or Check: Checks can be made payable to Mars Elementary PTO


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 the PTO reach its annual goal.
  • $40 Exclusive T-shirt to be worn the day of the event (delivered the week of the event).
  • $50 Name entered in a drawing to win an autographed Crosby jersey (and again for each additional $50)
  • $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 or entry into the drawing (if eligible), so turn in your collection envelope with cash and/or checks NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th.

*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 the day of the event.

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 the PTO Treasurer.

Apples for Students

Giant Eagle Apples for Student program will earn funds for the school(s) of your choice simply by linking your Advantage Card to our school.  You can add up to 5 schools.  Thereafter, when you shop at Giant Eagle and scan your Advantage Card, our school earns much needed funds AT NO COST WHATSOEVER and it doesn’t affect any other offers you receive (fuel perks, etc.)!  Please take a few minutes to access your online account and link your Advantage Card NOW.  Please follow this link:

It’s Easy to Register!

1. Sign in to or create an account
2. Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card
3. Click on the My School Programs link.
4. Scroll down to the “Apples for the Studentsicon.  
5. Click on the Manage Schools link.
6. Enter the codes of the schools that you’d like to receive points.

Primary Center:  0650
Mars Area Elementary:  0004
Mars Area Centennial School:  5217  

7. You’re done!  Be sure to encourage your family and friends to register, too.

Sarris Candy

February 3rd – 18th

  • Materials sent home 1/30.  Participation is optional.
  • Funds raised support field trips and t-shirts for grade K-6.
  • All orders MUST BE RECEIVED by FEBRUARY 18th
  • Return completed orders to the classroom teacher or the front office.

Delivery date is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th, 3:30 -6:30 pm in the Mars Elementary Cafeteria.

Questions?  Please contact:

Karen Goul

Mars Elementary
Kelly Searle

Primary Center
Jennifer Logan