Maumelle’s Academics Plus Charter School has gotten its fundraising campaign going in a big way with more than $2,000 donated to the school by the Noland family and Tuxhorn State Farm.

Presenting the check for Tuxhorn State Farm was agent Lee Tuxhorn.

The campaign is for the PTOs membership/sponsorship program for this school year.

Both the Nolands and Tuxhorn contributed at least $1,000 to be at the "Presenter" level.

PTO president and teacher at the school Laura Arrington explained the program’s concept.

"After selling Entertainment books, cookies, candles and the like, I felt there had to be a better way of fundraising than nickel and diming parents and grandparents to death," she said in an e-mail. "Daren Sweat knew the better way and with the PTO board we developed the new APCS PTO Membership/Sponsorship Program. "

Membership levels range from basic, which costs $5 to Gold and its $100.

The more money donated, the more parents get in things like stickers and certificates.

The sponsorship program starts at $250 or Platinum and goes up to $1,000.

Sponsorships get the same benefits as members but also include company logos included things like banners and t-shirts.

"As a board, we decided 25 percent of the donations will go directly back to the teacher whose parent donated money," Arrington wrote. "Twenty-five percent will go back to the grade level of that teacher, and the balance will go to the PTO account."

The PTO is considered a 501(c)(3) for tax purposes.

Arrington said one of the big purposes is to get money back into the hands of the teachers.

It "will allow teachers to purchase materials that they would otherwise request from the PTO," she said.

For more information, one can e-mail the PTO at