Roaring success

Carpenters Elementary School holds car show for playground equipment, class supplies

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Teachers and parents at Carpenters Elementary School raised money for new playground equipment and brought the
community together all at the same time recently during the car show at the school.

The Parent Teacher Organization and teachers from the school held the car show on March 31 at the school. Principal Fred Goins said the funds were needed since the school is new and there wasn’t a lot of materials for the students like instructional support for teachers or helping kids pay for field trips.

"We raised a little over $7,000 with 90 some odd vehicles. They paid $15 if they paid in advance, and $20 if they came that day," Goins said. "Then they had activities like craft booths, as well."

People also sold craft items, and there were inflatable toys for the children and slides in the gym. Those games also helped the PTO raise funds.

"Parents would pay so much per child, and families with more kids paid less per head and then we had concessions," Goins said. "They completely sold out of hamburgers and hotdogs. I think it’s a good activity. The kids had a good time, parents had a good time, and the people had a good time."

PTO president Janet Blair said the event, held on March 31, was wonderful.

Blair said her sister tried a car show fundraiser at Fairview Elementary School, so she tried it.

"I was trying to come up with something for the community and not just the school and thought that would be a good thing," she said.

Blair and other parents and volunteers began passing out fliers.

"We sent out to all these car shows in Cleveland and kept praying for no rain. I was really shocked," she said. "I had 20 to register and 91 cars, six motorcycles and nine Jeeps show up. I was just blown away."

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