Springfield PTA awards $5,000 to elementary schools

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield’s Elementary School PTA awarded $5,000 to Union Street and Elm Hill elementary schools,

Wednesday, May 24.

The funds were raised last fall during the PTA’s first annual comedy night fundraiser. Over 200 people attended the event, raising more than $7,200.

Union Street Elementary will use a portion of the funds to create an outdoor garden space. Principal Nancy Wiese explained that the students will plan, plant and maintain the garden space. According to Wiese, the Union/Park Neighborhood Association will participate and donate perennials. The gardens are part of the improvements to the Union Street property after a dilapidated building directly in front of the school is demolished later this year.

Elm Hill Elementary will use its funds to add needed swing sets to the playground and to improve upon its outdoor space. Principal Dana Jacobson-Goodhue said, “What an embarrassment of riches, we are so grateful for the PTA’s generous donation. When the fundraising committee asked what we would like to use it for, the teachers overwhelmingly agreed that more swings on our playground would be ideal. We all believe strongly in outdoor physical activity for primary school children – especially in this beautiful spot in Vermont!”

“The PTA wanted to do something tangible with the money we raised for the schools, something that would benefit every student and the community,” said PTA Comedy Night Chair Meredith Kelley.

Plans are under way for this fall’s comedy night event, which will take place on Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. at the Springfield High School. The lineup includes comedians Kelly MacFarland, Drew Dunn and Paul Landwehr.  There will be a silent auction, games and prizes.

Special thanks to the PTA comedy event sponsors Kelley Sales and Service and Gurney Brothers Construction both of Springfield.

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PTA member with Union Street Principal Nancy Wiese and students. Photo provided.
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PTA members with Elm Hill Principal Dana Jacobson-Goodhue and kindergarteners. Photo provided.

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