Fundraiser for PTA to start Monday

The Grand Canyon PTA kicks off an Innisbrook fundraiser next Monday, with half the proceeds from the sales of wrapping paper and gift items going toward programs for students here in grades eight -12.

The goal this year is to hit $20,000 in overall sales by the time the fundraiser ends on Monday, Sept. 24. Orders are expected to be here by the end of October.

"This goal exceeds any previous year's sales by quite a bit," said PTA treasurer Laura Jones, who is chairing the effort. "However since the PTA is now a K-12 organization, we hope to have many more students 'hitting the pavement' and selling than in the past."

Along with helping support programs, all students who participate have the opportunity to earn great prizes, starting with free ice cream for selling at least three items, up to Best Buy gift cards, electronics and other prizes. They get credit both for direct sales and, if they register, from online sales they solicit - a great way to involve family and friends outside the community, said Jones.

Top selling students and classes receive extra incentives.

"This is the only fundraiser PTA has scheduled for the entire school year, so we hope it will be successful," Jones said. "I can't stress enough how important your support is."

By holding the fundraiser, the PTA is also entitled to half the proceeds from online sales all year long at www.innisbrook.com. Materials going home with students over the next few weeks contain details both on how sellers can register and how to make sure Grand Canyon gets credit for sales throughout the year.

In the last Innisbrook fundraiser held the year before last, students helped the PTA achieve more than $14,000 in sales. Last year, the organization donated more than $6,000 to programs that directly benefit students. Annual commitments include providing all third graders with dictionaries, recognizing staff during Teacher Appreciation Week and funding prizes for spelling bee winners as well as sponsoring Santa's Secret Shop, providing a $5 credit for each student so that all can participate in shopping for their families.

The organization also granted more than $1,300 in response to direct requests from teachers and students, giving funds toward the high school track team jump pit, meals for students on field trips and various enrichment programs.

A display will go up near the school's main office tomorrow afternoon to showcase Innisbrook's range of gift wrap options.

"It will be a great way to see the products available," Jones said.

For more information, contact Jones at 928-606-7105 or ljones@xanterra.com.

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