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Rain dampens Hooverville Elementary School PTO fundraiser

May 10, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- Heavy morning rain might have dampened the crowd Saturday at Hooverville Elementary School's annual Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) fundraiser, but spirits soared through the clouds.

The annual fundraiser helps fund PTO activities and provides parents a chance to have their children checked for optical problems and fingerprinted by the Child Identification Program.

Organizers said the rain kept more than just shoppers away from the yard sale -- it also kept some vendors away.

PTO Vice President Denise McCleaf said the PTO sold 62 yard sale spaces, but by noon, only about 20 vendors still were open for business.

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To accommodate the vendors who set up at the yard sale, McCleaf said the PTO extended the yard sale by one hour.

Those who stayed to sell were pleased with the turnout.

Tammy Johnson of Waynesboro, Pa., bought a space for the first time and said she made plenty of sales.

"I thought the turnout was good considering the weather," she said. "If I am in the area next year, I will definitely be back to sell."

Parents who came in the later hours of the fundraiser were disappointed to learn that the fingerprinting and eye exams were over by noon.

Sharon Shry of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., said she was hoping to have her son fingerprinted, but she was glad to see the yard sale still was open.

PTO President Joanne Rook said the weather put a damper on the day, but hoped it would not discourage local residents from coming to the fundraiser next year.

"I think this was first time it rained during our event in four years," she said. "I do know that we will discuss a potential rain date at our next meeting."

Despite the rain, the PTO was able to raise about $250 through the Chrysler Drive for Kids program. Buchanan Trail Auto in Rouzerville brought four vehicles for guests to test drive.

For each test drive, Chrysler donated $5 to Hooverville.

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