By JEN CARDINES
Thalberg Elementary PTO used the early release days last week as an opportunity to raise money for the school.
PTO fundraising vice presidents Lori Francis and Rose Fox arranged for students and families to attend local businesses where they could do physical activity and interact with each other.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, about 40 Thalberg students from grades 3-5 went to Foresi’s Individualized Training (FIT) on Spring Street for two hours of hands-on play.
“This place is perfect for kids to come in, run around, and burn off energy,” said owner Stephanie Foresi. The gym and wide open turf space made it easy for everyone to play and 50 percent of the revenue from the afternoon went back to the PTO. The children took part in large group games like dodgeball so that everyone could be included. “If this goes well, I’m going to reach out to other schools in the district to help them out,” Foresi said.
The following day, Crystal Bees on Spring Street welcomed the Thalberg students for yet another afternoon of fun. The entertainment center offered Thalberg families a discounted set rate for the afternoon that included two games of bowling and arcade power hour.
A large portion of the proceeds went to the PTO.
“The money raised from these two afternoons goes toward assignment books and folders, cultural arts, field trips, fifth grade events and yearbooks, kindergarten orientation, popsicles on the playground, summer reading, special persons day, support for Thalberg cares, and movie licensing,” Francis said.