Parent/Teacher Association

Students' hands using an alphabet puzzle activity

As a dedicated group of parents and guardians, we are committed to offering support to staff and students in a variety of ways to ensure that our children have opportunities within the school and community. We offer community-building events, classroom programs, school-wide assemblies, and financial support for teachers’ continuing education. At our monthly meetings, we come together to plan and implement our vision and goals. In recent years, we’ve sponsored the fall dance, zoo outreach, silent auction, afterschool enrichment programs, free book giveaways to each student, field trips, Chromebooks for all students in 2nd grade – 5th grade, and Promethean boards for all grades, kindergarten – 5th.

PTA runs some treasured school events and activities, including:

  • The McKinley-Thatcher school auction is a vital part of our annual fundraising efforts. Past money raised has updated our library, provided technology upgrades, subsidized afterschool enrichment programs, provided Denver Zoo classroom programs, and supported many other things that cannot be funded through the school budget alone.
  • Historically, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) was a federally funded book distribution program. The McKinley-Thatcher PTA continues this tradition by offering two RIF distributions annually. Each student receives a free book of their choice to take home!
  • McKinley-Thatcher families and friends join together to watch the University of Denver hockey, basketball, and lacrosse games in our DU sports fundraisers. Tickets are regular price with at least $3/ticket donated our PTA. Keep your eye out for information in Friday folders about the next game!
  • Visit our Scholastic book fairs to buy low-cost books for your child with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the school library. Book fairs take place twice a year — a full-price fair autumn and a buy one, get one free (BOGO) fair in spring.

How you can get involved

Ongoing fundraisers


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Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. If you have Amazon Prime, you can still use it with AmazonSmile.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

Simply go to and log on with your existing account information. Then you need to select McKinley-Thatcher PTA as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. Each time you will shop starting from – same products and prices.

McKinley Mondays at Divino Wine and Spirits

McKinley Mondays at Divino Wine and Spirits, located at 1240 S. Broadway. On the second Monday of each month, Divino is generously donating 25% of their profits to McKinley-Thatcher all day long, so make sure to pay them a visit!

2020-2021 Dates

  • Sept. 14
  • Oct. 12
  • Nov. 9
  • Dec. 14
  • Jan. 11
  • Feb. 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
Box Tops for Education

Scan your Box Tops. Visit Box Tops for Education for more information.

2020-2021 PTA Officers

  • Barb Silverstein, President
  • Shannon Carson, Vice President
  • Mia Clements, Secretary
  • Patrick Rudy, Treasurer

Meetings & Minutes

PTA meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., on Zoom! Check our school calendar for specific dates.

  • 2020-2021 Minutes – coming soon!