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Blackrock Students Raise More Than $5K for PTA Activities

The fifth Annual Buzz-A-Thon is the school's only major fund-raiser each year.

 

Blackrock Elementary students from Pre-K through fifth grade, along with teachers and parents walked more than 100 total miles around the school's 1/8-mile asphalt track on Thursday for a good cause.

The occasion was the Fifth Annual Buzz-A-Thon, a fund-raising event (named after the school's bumblebee mascot) during which students in grades Pre-K through two walk 20 minutes around the track and grades three through five walk 30 minutes while wearing their Buzz-A-Thon t-shirts in varying colors depending on grade level.

The event was started to replace the typical candy, candle or cookie dough sales done in the past. Students get pledges from family members and friends beginning about two weeks before the event to support the Blackrock PTA.

"There's no overhead with the Buzz-A-Thon like there is with the sale expensive candles and things like that," said Principal Alicia Castle. "So all of the money that the kids raise goes directly to the school."

Despite falling short this year of the school's $9,000 goal, the $$5,200 that was raised will still be a huge help when it comes to planning PTA-sponsored activities. 

"We use the money to hold multiple cultural arts events and things like the Ladies' Choice Dance, Boys' Night Out and the Safety Patrol field trip," said Blackrock PTA President, Jill Amerigo. "Because we didn't meet our goal, we may have to cut back on one event, but the kids still love participating in it, being able to get outside for a while during the school day and show school spirit."

"The kids are really enthusiastic about doing the Buzz-A-Thon and I was pleasantly surprised with the parent turnout this year," said Castle. "Even though we didn't meet our goal this time, I'm so grateful that people donated as much as they did considering the hard economic times that we're currently in. The most important part is that the kids have fun and get active at a young age."

Jessica Cone October 01, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I'm really hoping that they don't cut out the Mother/Daughter Tea or the Father/Daughter (Ladie's Choice) Dance because we didn't meet their goal. We have to pay to go, so I'm kind of thinking they won't. Fingers crossed. And to be honest, I think it is easier to get people to buy wrapping paper and candles than it is to get pledges. It seems people are more apt to give when they get something in return. Just my personal opinion though.
Mother in Coventry October 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
To bad they didn't do something for. Mother / Son
Jessica Cone October 01, 2012 at 06:29 PM
My son isn't there yet, only my daughter, but I thought that "Boys' Night Out" was for Mother/Son. Maybe it's for Father/Son though? Or whom ever they choose?
Kim Paiva October 01, 2012 at 08:02 PM
the PTA does run a mother/son (Gent's Choice), mother/daughter (Breakfast), father daughter (Ladies Choice) and father son (Boys night Out) events. If you have any suggestions feel free to come to PTA meetings even if you are not a member. Held the 2nd Thursday of the month in school library at 7PM
Leave RI October 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I had kids there. Great school. I believe the /son and /daughter is open to who ever they choose to put before the/. I did both with both.
Jessica Cone October 01, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Thanks for the info Kim. I appreciate it.
Deb October 02, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Wonderful School, teachers, staff and principal, Sorry to hear that the students fell short of their goal.
Deb October 02, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I disagree with one of the post stating that selling things is easier than raising money. The Students know what they were raising money for, they need to work for those pleasures. And as Mrs Castle stated "There's no overhead with the Buzz-A-Thon like there is with the sale expensive candles and things like that," "So all of the money that the kids raise goes directly to the school."
Deb October 02, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Parents need to make their children responsible for their earning and spending. I am upset that the President of the PTA states "Because we didn't meet our goal, we may have to cut back on one event, but the kids still love participating in it, being able to get outside for a while during the school day and show school spirit." The kids are not going to be thinking of school spirit when they cut an event. How do we explain that to our children? That this one event is not as important as the others? No, we either keep all events or cancel all events. Look at Blackrock as a family how can one or two groups of the family get to enjoy something that the "whole" family raised money for. This is what we want to teach our kids? Another suggestion would be: Have the students do extra small chores around the house, family or neighbors. If each student brought in $1a week for five or six wks they could make up some if not all the difference before spring. Or have a silly sock day for a $1. Or wear your class colors for a $1. The ideas go on and on!!! Maybe the students could have another Buzz-a Thon in the spring. People will be itching to shake off that cabin fever and the worries of winter spending will be over. Or the kids could do sma
Deb October 02, 2012 at 02:55 AM
We need to let the students know that they are short on the money and without more they can not spend. When are we as parents going to start teaching our children finances?
Deb October 02, 2012 at 02:58 AM
The following statement is one of the reasons why I love Mrs Castle!!!! "The kids are really enthusiastic about doing the Buzz-A-Thon and I was pleasantly surprised with the parent turnout this year," said Castle. "Even though we didn't meet our goal this time, I'm so grateful that people donated as much as they did considering the hard economic times that we're currently in. The most important part is that the kids have fun and get active at a young age."

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