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Festival raises funds to send kids to school

August 28, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

NEEDMORE, Pa. - A group of local residents held a community festival Saturday to help raise money for six children to attend a private Christian school.

Rev. Denver Plessinger, pastor of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church near Needmore, wanted to find a way to raise money to help five families send their children to the Fulton County Christian School.

Mary Barnhart, a Needmore resident, wanted the church to hold a festival.

They combined the ideas and both were pleased with the results.

About 100 people donated food and other items and more than 400 people came to the all-day festival. The event raised more than $2,000, Plessinger said.

"It has been a real success. It is a blessing," Plessinger said.

Annual enrollment for each student is $1,200. They did not expect to raise that much money, though, Barnhart said. "We are just trying to help out," she said.

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The money raised will definitely help, said Darlene Harr of Mount Pleasant, whose daughter Lindee will go to the school.

"It is real nice to see everyone working together," she said.

Some of the money will also go to two families doing home schooling and the Pleasant Grove Youth Group, Plessinger said.

The festival had a dunking booth, face painting, sand art, a yard sale, handmade crafts, donated food and music.

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