Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Thank you to members of the entire Pine Glen Community who helped to make this year's Carnival one of the most profitable!  We held this annual PTO sponsored event with the generous assistance and donations of many parents, high school/former students, teachers, staff, and administration.  A big thank you to Leesa Mitchell for organizing over 100 volunteers.

 Many thanks to Cathy Carney for organizing the Cake Walk and purchasing/delivering dozens of cakes for this very popular game.  Thank you also to Jolene Fogarty, PTO  Treasurer, for handling all the extra work the Carnival generates. 

Over fifty local businesses participated by donating gift cards/certificates, merchandise, and services to the stage raffle.  Please thank them when using their business.  Thank you to the raffle committee, including Jill Giles and Erynn Mitchell, who did a lot of time-consuming legwork and follow-up to solicit and collect raffle items from these local businesses.

A heartfelt thanks to RE/MAX and Carol McDonald Macri for donating and making all the arrangements for the hot air balloon ride.  The phenomenal advertising efforts of Carol and Catherine Gillespie certainly brought many out-of-town visitors to the Carnival which resulted in great profits.  We hope to have the RE/MAX hot air balloon back next year!

The successful advertising resulted in hundreds of additional phone calls to the main office.  Thank you to Julie Gosselin and Principal John Lyons for handling them with such grace and for their constant assistance to the Carnival Committee.

Thank you also to the following volunteers: retired Pine Glen Principal, Jane Dwyer, for her famous face painting skills; Al Fay, for his antique fire engine ride; and D.A.R.E. Officers Steve Cross and Keith Sheppard for their police car ride.

 A huge thank you to Michelle Grossman and Debra Murphy for co-chairing this special event.  It's a lot of work to plan for the Carnival and to organize the "village" that it takes to run the event smoothly.  We truly appreciate all their efforts.

A big thank you to Maria Woods! Who has put countless hours of time into the Winter Carnival and helped make it such a success.

 Finally, thank you to everyone who worked on and attended the Carnival.  You all helped to raise much needed funds that will enrich the educational experience of all Pine Glen students.  You also helped create a special and perhaps, lifelong memory because the Carnival serves as a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to socialize and enjoy numerous activities together.

Please note that the next PTO meeting will be held on the SECOND Thursday, April 8th at 7 p.m. due to the holiday.

Hope to see you then,
The Pine Glen PTO Board

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