The Jefferson Elementary PTO is gearing up for its largest fundraising event of the year, with hopes to make it bigger and better than ever.
Lisa Dunne, Jefferson Parent Teacher Organization secretary, outlined what is in store for this year’s carnival on Friday.
The group has planned the event since January, in efforts to coordinate between football schedules and any other school events in the community.
“They (the PTO) actually have a pretty good system,” Dunne said. “But they still need a lot of volunteers.”
This year’s carnival will be in Riverside Park’s Community Building from 5 to 8 p.m. Attractions will include inflatables, games, a drawing for prizes, Kiwanis train, face painting and much more. Dunne said the chicken and noodle dinners will be back again this year, always a crowd favorite.
“Everybody loves the chicken and noodles,” she said.
Pre-orders are available for-home dinners. Jefferson Elementary students are selling tickets for a drawing as well.
All of proceeds from the ticket sales and carnival go to benefit students at Jefferson, Dunne said. In the past, the PTO has used its funds for new educational technology and other supplies for the classroom — anything to benefit students.
“It’s getting harder and harder to get the money with funding going down,” she said.
The PTO encourages the purchase of “outside the box” education, such as games and activities that stimulate the mind for learning.
Wristbands are available for purchase for the carnival from Jefferson Elementary for $7, or at the door the day of the event for $10; children under three are free. To preorder the chicken and noodles with mashed potato dinner, call 228-4533 by Sept. 26. Meals may be picked up from the Riverside Park Community Building between 3:30 and 6 p.m. on Friday.
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