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By David Martin

Fundraiser results in more PTO money, silly-stringed administrator


David Martin

Stacey Court, principal of Jackson Elementary School, smiles as she stands covered in silly string sprayed by students. Students were rewarded with cans of string for meeting sales goals.

Surrounded by her students, Jackson Elementary School Principal Stacey Court waited for the inevitable.

The students, armed with cans of silly string, let her have it. In a few short moments, Court was covered in webs of neon colored sting.

What some may consider the ultimate way of getting back at the principal was actually a reward for students meeting fundraising goals during a recent Jackson PTO sales drive.

Students were tasked with selling items to friends, family and neighbors, with the proceeds directly benefiting the PTO. To earn one can of silly string, students had to sell 10 items from the fundraiser's catalog.

According to Sarah Robles, Jackson Elementary PTO's president, 78 students earned one can, with 14 others earning multiple cans.

The PTO's treasurer, Irish Kreis, said the fundraiser had 60 percent student participation, earning the PTO a 70 percent increase in revenue over the 2015 fundraiser.

The exact amount earned by the fundraiser was unavailable at press time.

The funds support a number of programs and events at the school, including field trips, as well as homework folders and water bottles distributed at the start of the school year.

The PTO also helps provide teachers with items they need in the classroom and paid for new playground equipment at the school two years ago.

Robles said the PTO is always looking for more volunteers and said parents can access the PTO's Facebook page, titled Jackson Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, through the school's Facebook page.


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