Newcastle Elementary PTSA hosts unique student fundraisers

May 18, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Rory Brown, a Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader (front), prepares to send a ball down the lane at the PTSA social at Lucky Strike in Bellevue April 25. Meanwhile, from left, Newcastle fourth-graders Adam Morrison, Mason Vold and Shaan Luthra, and second-graders Drew Blik and Ryker Vold strike a pose for the camera. By Tim Pfarr

The Newcastle Elementary School PTSA hosted two unique, back-to-back fundraisers the weekend of April 24 and 25 — a recycling drive at Lake Boren Park and a social at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at Lincoln Square in Bellevue.The April 24 recycling drive at Lake Boren Park was held in conjunction with the city’s Earth Day celebration. For the event, the PTSA partnered with the nonprofit organization 1 Green Planet, and although recycling was free, the PTSA recommended donations of $5 for a small number of items and $15 for a large number of items. The drive raised almost $1,100.

“As far as our goals go, it was fabulous,” said Sharon Levy, who chaired the recycling drive for the PTSA. “It was over and above what we expected to bring in.”

She said the only expense of the drive was the cost of printing fliers.

The April 25 social took place in the VIP room at Lucky Strike.

Lucky Strike offers a program for elementary schools’ PTSAs that wish to hold events at the facility. Through the program, those who attend pay in full for bowling and food, but Lucky Strike donates 20 percent of the total amount spent to the school’s PTSA. The PTSA has not yet received word as to how much it will receive in return.

“We thought, ‘What a great way to get all the Newcastle Elementary families together,’” said Lisa Vold, vice president of the Newcastle Elementary PTSA Ways and Means Committee. “It was nice to show up and have the whole place to ourselves.”

Among those who attended was Sean Murphy, who came with his children Cody and Maia Murphy, who are in first grade and fourth grade, respectively, at Newcastle Elementary.

“This is nice,” Sean Murphy said. “This is a nice change of venue.”

Another parent who attended was Alan Brown, who came with his son Rory, who is in fourth grade at Newcastle Elementary. Alan Brown said he was supportive of any way to raise money for the PTSA, especially when things are financially tight. He also recycled a washer and dryer at the April 24 event.

Vold said that although the turnout at the bowling fundraiser was lower than she expected it to be, the afternoon proved to be quite fun. She said the food was fantastic, as was the service.

She said the PTSA may hold the social again next year if Lucky Strike continues to offer the program. Vold said it may be rescheduled to the winter, as she said doing so may help draw a larger crowd.

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