Family Fun Fair raising money for technology in the classroom

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Members of the parent council at St. Josephs’ Catholic Elementary School in Tillsonburg are holding a ‘Family Fun Fair’ on Saturday, June 8, 2013 to help raise money for additional resources in the classrooms.

“The parent council asked permission and said we would like to bring some more technology to the school,” said parent council representative, Katie VanRybroeck. “We’re going to hold this fundraiser and our hope is to raise enough money to buy ipads for each classroom - we’re donating them to the school.

“We feel it’s important and we’d like to get this technology to the kids.”

Van Rybroeck said the idea for the family event first originated as a fun day for the kids, and then it was decided to turn it into a fundraising event, to raise money to purchase ipads for the students to use at the school.

“We wanted a fundraiser that had the children involved. We wanted the kids to have their name on this and we wanted them to feel that it’s because of them that we did this. That they’ve helped us to get the ipads, it’s something for them to achieve,” she said. “We had a dance-a-thon in February, it had great results and it got the kids active.”

The group hopes to purchase ten ipads that will be used as educational tools and resources for students at St.Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School.

The daylong Family Fun Fair begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., taking place on the school grounds – both inside and outside the school.

There will be a variety of events and activities for both children and adults to enjoy throughout the day, including a bouncy house, horse and carriage rides, character meet and greets with Spiderman, Cookie Monster and Tinkerbell, face painting, a haunted house, secret agent training, a photo booth, a toddler zone, silent auction, penny table, bake sale, raffle table and 50/50 draw, a barbecue and more. The evening will wrap up with Disney’s animated movie, Peter Pan, shown outdoors on a big projection screen on the back lawn behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School. All families and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and there will be prizes for the best costume and pajamas relating to the theme of the evening - pirates and fairies.

The parent council hopes to raise between $5,000 to $6,000 with the fundraising event, and are also accepting cash donations and penny table donations during the Family Fun Fair.

The Family Fun Fair idea has received much support from the community noted VanRybroeck, so the parent council wanted to open the event up to everyone in Tillsonburg, not just to students at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

“The kids are excited - it is a community event. We really want to encourage everyone to come out, it is not exclusive to St. Joseph’s school,” said VanRybroeck.

“I think the kids are going to be proud, they’re going to have fun and they’re going to be excited to welcome people to their school to see what they’ve got and the kind of fun that they have.”

For more information, visit the Family Fun Fair page on Facebook.



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