Cox PTO Raises Money for New Art Equipment

Thanks to the success of four major fundraising events during the 2011-'12 school year, the A.W. Cox Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) was able to donate $5,000 worth of new art room equipment to the school.

Every year, the PTO holds annual events, the profits from which go toward a number of activities for the students. With so much support from the community, the organization typically has a surplus, which the PTO uses toward additional items that are most needed at the elementary school.

Lisa Labadia, PTO member and fundraising leader for last year's school year, was thrilled to make the donation

"I'm excited that we were able to do that...It's nice being on the PTO after you work so hard during the year and actually get to reap some of the benefits. When we do come up with a surplus it's nice to say, 'Let's get that screen or let's get that extra SMART Board' and the parents get to reap the benefits of looking at the money we raised and actually do something that you can visually see," Labadia said. "It's very rewarding."

After the end of the school year, the PTO typically approaches Principal Vince Agostine to see where the greatest needs are. In past years, the PTO has donated SMART Boards and projectors. After receiving input from the school's art teacher, Labadia said the biggest need was for new tables and stools for the art room as well as a new cabinet to better organize the children's art projects.

There were four major fundraising events that contributed to the $5,000 raised. The Art Auction, Harvest Festival, Race Into Spring, and Book Fair all helped raise enough funds to provide for the school.

"It was really a culmination of all our events where we had money reserved and as a board we voted on it to spend on some new art room equipment," said Labadia. "It was really [through] the fundraising efforts of all the events that we were able to provide the new equipment."

With the new school year underway, the PTO is gearing up for its annual Harvest Festival, which typically occurs the first Saturday of November after Halloween. The highly attended and fun filled weekend day is always a highlight of the year for PTO members, which provides tons of entertainment for the children including bouncy houses, hay rides, dunk tanks, and plenty of games.

"We're still planning the Harvest Festival. I'm not the fundraising chair this year, but I've talked to the leader and I know it's in its beginning stages," Labadia said. "It is quite successful."

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