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January 17, 2013

PTO, Xi Theta Tau Announce 'Goals' for Elementary School Gym

SETTING NEW GOALS! Elementary school principal Nathan Pippert receives a check for new basketball goals at the school from PTO and XI Theta Tau members (L to R) Jenny Bergeson, Dawn Triplett, Waltedda Blessing, Tonya Harrison, Melissa Anders and Trinity Davis.

Most fundraisers have goals. For the Scotland County Parents as Teachers Organization (PTO) and the Xi Theta Tau sorority the goal of their upcoming efforts are new goals - basketball goals that is for the elementary school gym.

The project was announced during the elementary school honor roll assembly held on January 11th.

"At our PTO meeting earlier this month, we decided we wanted to do something at the east end of the building," said PTO member Tonya Harrison. "As you know, PTO was asked to build a playground for the west end of the building for the younger kids."

After many donations, not only from PTO but the entire community, the new playground has been completed

"With that project behind us we decided to spend some money on the other end of the building," said Harrison. "PTO decided the gym needed sprucing up."

Initially plans were to replace the safety mats along the walls, but ultimately the project grew to encompass new basketball goals as well.

"After some discussion, it was suggested to think about replacing the basketball goals that were outdated," Harrison said. "Adjustable goals would better serve our kids."

The group decided it would donate the proceeds from its upcoming basketball tournament scheduled for February 23rd to help fund the new goals. Organizers anticipate the event will raise approximately $1,500 for the project.

Total costs are projected around $4,500 after local provider WAMCO announced it would donate the two replacement goals for the south wall of the gym.

PTO member Christy Aylward attended the January SCR-I Board of Education meeting to propose the project, which received the district's approval.

Xi Theta Tau was contacted regarding the project and agreed to make a $750 donation to the fundraiser.

The group is hoping to generate additional community support for the project. Anyone seeking to make a donation can contact any of the PTO officers, Robyn Carter, Waltedda Blessing, Melissa Anders or Christy Aylward or elementary school principal Nathan Pippert.

"The community has been very supportive of our projects in the past and we are hoping to get this project completed in the next couple of weeks," Harrison said. "Any and all donations are accepted and much appreciated."

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