WHTIE PLAINS, N.Y. The Post Road Parent Teacher Association invites the community to peruse raffles for the newest American Girl doll, basketballs autographed by Knicks players, a five-day trip to Cancun, Mexico, and hundreds more prizes while raising money for its roughly 550 elementary students.
The PTA has collected $17,000 worth of prizes for its 2012 Spring Fest , to be held at 7 p.m. Friday. Families will be admitted for $5. Besides the traditional raffle prizes and activities for kids, the seventh annual Spring Fest will include a silent auction and bake sale. The PTA hopes to raise $7,000 at its largest fundraiser, said Kerri Reinholdt, a co-chair of the event.
"Especially in this economy, it was amazing to get all these donations from the community. This year we're giving out goody-bags from local businesses, with coupons and magnets that support our schools," said Reinholdt, who has a second-grader and kindergartner in the dual-language program at Post Road. "The mayor donated a tour of the hidden White Plains. We have lunch at the fire department and lunch with a police officer. He'll come to the school cafeteria and eat there."
The Spring Fest is designed to appeal to all ages, said Andrea Hazen, who co-chaired the fundraiser.
"The raffle tickets go up from $1 to $7, so it's really manageable for everyone. We have prizes for all ages. It's really great to have a kids walk in with a $1 ticket and walk out with a Razor scooter," said Hazen, who is the mother of a second-grader, third-grader and kindergartner in the dual-language program at Post Road."
Proceeds from Spring Fest will help the PTA fund the district's remaining nature classrooms and a two-night field trip to Massachusetts for fourth-graders. Maureen Kramer, a PTA co-president, said that after expenses, about 97 percent of the money would go straight to the students.
"The money that we get goes straight back to the PTA and funds assemblies, special programs and field trips that are both a culturally and educationally enriching experience for all kids," said Kramer, who has a third-grader at Post Road and a sixth-grader at Highlands.
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