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PTO launches unique fundraiser: Nothing to buy

by Clarke Davis

The Valley Falls Parent-Teacher Organization is trying something new to raise money this year. It is asking the community to send a donation without trying to sell something.

It’s a fundraiser without the cookie dough, pizza, fruit, or trinkets of any kind that usually produces about five cents out of a dollar for the organization.

PTO President Heidi Pickerell

PTO President Heidi Pickerell

PTO President Heidi Pickerell reports that a goal of $5,000 has been set for the fall campaign and hopes people will respond.

“Every penny donated will go to the PTO. I really don’t think people want that junk anyway and their money will have a much greater impact,” she said.

Pickerell said the PTO supports all aspects of the Valley Falls school system from prekindergarten through high school. It helps in the classroom, all the organizations, and with sports.

“I think the money is divided pretty evenly,” she said.

Every grade level is given a certain amount while the PTO treasury keeps a balance to help out when needed.

She explained that while they don’t sponsor an entire field trip or event, the PTO helps out in a lot of smaller ways when meals are needed or an extra tank of gas, etc.

The fall campaign — the one that usually tries to sell something — is one of two revenue streams for the organization. The other is the concession stand.

She credits John and Jeannette Shipley with heading up this segment and notes that here is where the PTO gets a lot of support with people rolling up their sleeves and going to work.

Pickerell, who became a school board member in July, has headed the PTO for several years and notes that its importance has grown in recent years as school funds have been cut.

Routinely $50,000 to $60,000 moves through the PTO treasury on an annual basis to support the children and their educational endeavors.

Checks to the PTO should be sent to the school at 700 Oak Street.

The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the school commons area.

“Everyone is welcome,” the president said.

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