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The school’s faculty depends on supplemental funds from the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to help them attain their academic goals and to enrich the educational programs offered to our children. To accomplish this, the Mark Twain PTO depends on the strong financial commitment and dedication of friends, family and corporate members of the community.

friends and family donation program

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Our Friends & Family campaign is an opportunity for parents and all friends and family of our students to make a tax-deductible donation to the Mark Twain PTO. Funds raised through our Friends & Family Campaign help us get the year started! Our fundraising efforts are vitally important in the current climate of district budget cuts and deficits. Funds raised support:

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) program through teacher training and program fees

  • The Literary Development Center (LDC) through supplies and consultation fees

  • Classroom equipment and supplies

  • Technology and communication tools

  • PTO events and programs such as International Festival, Art A La Carte and Math and Science Night

A donation to the Friends and Family campaign DIRECTLY supports and benefits Mark Twain Elementary School. Over the years, funds raised by the PTO have not only been used to support the daily expenses of our school such as printing or online subscriptions, but have also allowed us to take on larger projects such as the new playground, restock libraries, and purchasing new technology for each classroom. Please continue reading to learn more about how you can invest in our campus, our neighborhood, our teachers, our staff, and most importantly our children. 

Friends and Family Calendar

  • September 13, 2019 – last day for recognition in the School Directory

  • October 4, 2019 – last day for participation in the raffle for engraved commemorative brick at school entrance ($250+)

  • October 9, 2019 – last day for invitation to Sponsorship Breakfast ($500+)

  • November 29, 2019 – last day for commemorative brick ($1000+)

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Return completed form (see link below) and check to the Friends and Family drawer in the PTO Workroom or the PTO mailbox in the office.

Friends and Family Donation LETTER

Friends and Family Donation FORM

To learn more, please contact Anne McAllister, VP Membership at



corporate partners program 

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Mark Twain Elementary (MTE) is excited to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.  MTE’s purpose is to promote and develop responsible, active, and reflective citizens of the world. The mission of the MTE PTO is to enhance student education and build community through volunteer and fundraising efforts. 

Located inside the Loop in Braeswood Place, Mark Twain is nestled in between Texas Medical Center, Bellaire and West University.  Called by the Houston Press, the “best hidden neighborhood,” Braeswood Place is a mix of native Texans, Houstonians, and friends from around the world.  

For fifteen years, through the dedication and generosity of our corporate sponsors, MTE PTO has raised funds that directly support and enrich our students. With continued funding cuts, our school needs corporate support to maintain the level of academic excellence that we strive for and expect.  Your generous donations to support and supplement our students’ education through our International Baccalaureate program, Literary Development Program, Dual Language Program, educational materials, music and art enrichment, instructional field trips, technology enhancements, community service projects, professional development, facility and grounds upgrades.  Our corporate campaign plays a vital role in our overall fundraising program.

MTE PTO also hosts fundraising events throughout the year, such as directory ads, Back to School Rumble, Spooky Spectacular fall festival, Bingo Night, Spirit Nights, Math & Science Night, Art Night, Book Fair and Huckleberry Bash.  Each event has additional benefits for greater company recognition for our Corporate Partners. We also have a strong online presence via Facebook, Instagram and our MTE PTO website where we highlight our corporate sponsors continuously throughout the year.

The PTO is happy to offer new options so your tax-deductible donation will increase your company’s reputation and exposure to the Mark Twain and Braeswood communities.  Click on the button below for information regarding donation levels and associated marketing benefits for your business.  

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration and commitment to education. I would love to schedule time via phone or in person if you would like a more information. 

Reena Desai
VP Corporate Sponsorship

 corporate matching gift program

Corporate Matching Gift Programs” match cash donations made by their employees (parents) to non-profit organizations. Take advantage of this “Matching” opportunity and your Mark Twain contributions can easily be doubled! This is very easy and provides a substantial amount of extra donations to help our wonderful school.

Click Here To See A List of Companies With Matching Gift Programs

How do I get the corporate matching funds? Many Fortune 1000 companies offer a “matching gift program.” If you are not sure if your company participates please contact your employer’s human resources department.  Most programs are accessed via the companies Intranet. To apply for the program you must simply fill out the form from your employer and your employer will contact the PTO for verification or ask you to submit the form through your PTO contact which can be found below.   Please take advantage of this opportunity. It is a win-win for the children at Mark Twain Elementary.

Below is the information that you will need to apply for the corporate matching gift programs:

Our organization Name: Mark Twain Parent Teacher Organization, Inc.

IRS Tax exempt 501(c)(3): 76-0327049

Address of donation: 7500 Braes Blvd., Houston TX 77025

Phone of donation: 713-295-5230

PTO contact: Friends and Family Campaign – Anne McAllister,, Mark Twain VP Membership

Membership has a mailbox in the PTO workroom where hardcopy forms can be submitted.

If you have any additional questions please contact Anne McAllister at

birthdaY grams 

Wish your child a happy birthday by ordering a special Birthday Gram to be delivered to your child’s classroom. Your $20 order includes a “Happy Birthday” serenade performed by 5th grade students after morning announcements, a gold crown to wear all day, goody bag, and a commemorative picture.

Does your child have a summer birthday? Surprise them with a Birthday Gram delivered on their ½ Birthday (the day six months after their last birthday).

Please submit your Birthday Gram request at least one (1) week prior to your child’s birthday. We cannot guarantee last minute Birthday Grams will be delivered on the date requested.

All proceeds are used to support Fifth Grade Commencement activities. For questions or to volunteer to help deliver Birthday Grams, please contact Maria Sanchez at or Mayte Trujillo at