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PTA puts the "fun" into "fund-raiser"

September 30, 2000

PTA puts the "fun" into "fund-raiser"



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Long after the "fun" was over Saturday at the Conococheague Elementary School Fun Day, the "funds" raised will still be enjoyed.

Parents, teachers and students - past, present and future - ate, played, bid on auction items and generally had a great time as the school's PTA added to its treasury.

"This is a long-standing tradition," said PTA vice president Marsha Long. "All proceeds go to help the many PTA projects we sponsor."

Some of the money might go for field trip expenses or to purchase assignment notebooks for students, she said.

"We also buy the Weekly Readers with the money raised on Fun Day," Long said.

A $500 contribution is made each year to the school library.

Special programs put on for students, such as the recent Baltimore Aquarium exhibit, are also financed from the PTA's Fun Day proceeds.

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"There is also an emergency fund that we keep in case the teachers have a need for something during the year," Long said.

To watch the doings Saturday at the school on a perfect fall day, it was obvious that fun, not funds, was the main attraction.

Carnival-type games were run by parents and high school students earning community service hours, Long said.

There was food of all types, including Charlie Rowe's chicken dinners, hot dogs and hamburgers, sweets and homemade goodies galore.

Five or six years ago Barb DeBold was president of the PTA, and she remembers when the Fun Day was revived after a hiatus.

"My youngest, Elizabeth, is in fifth grade and my oldest just graduated from high school last year," she said. "We always look forward to this."

Conococheague Elementary School is just off U.S. 40 west of Huyetts Crossroads. The school population is 265 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The principal is Sue Gordon.

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