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Alyssa is a Microbiology major at Idaho State University. Best of luck with your studies!
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In my hometown, my mother has been actively involved in the local school Parent Teacher Association for almost as long as I can remember. Throughout her years on the board, she has been a part of many fundraisers and events for the elementary and middle school students. Almost every year they hold a Winter Festival, which is fun event for children to attend. At the event, they get to eat dinner, play games, and create crafts. All with a fun winter theme. The event is always a success and is the Parent Teacher Associationâ€™s way of congratulating students in their school endeavors right before Christmas break.
However, last year they added a raffle component to the Winter Festival. Instead of charging a monetary fee for the ticket, the price was to bring a canned good item. The Parent Teacher Association had received donated gift cards from local businesses to give out as prizes to the winners of the raffle. Approximately two hundred people participated in the raffle, and the Parent Teacher Association was able to donate all the canned good items to a local food bank called Helping Hearts and Hands.
The community benefited from the Parent Teacher Associationâ€™s raffle, by them receiving over two hundred canned good items that were passed out among those who were experiencing financial hardships at that time. The Parent Teacher Association also gained further exposure to the community by donating to Helping Hearts and Hands. Hopefully, those who were given food by the Parent Teacher Association, will experience a desire to volunteer in order to help raise more money for our local elementary and middle schools. The businesses that donated gift cards were also benefitted by the raffle. This is because if somebody won a gift card to a place that they do not normally frequent, they may find that they in fact like that store. They could then continue to be a lifelong customer of that establishment, thus increasing the income of that business.
Personally, I have always loved volunteering for the Parent Teacher Associationâ€™s various events. Whether it is painting the schoolâ€™s asphalt with fun games such as four square, helping with their biggest fundraiser of the year, the “Spell-a-Thon,” or even just collecting Boxtops from the classrooms, I have loved it all. I love to see the joy on childrenâ€™s faces as they win a cake walk or a raffle prize. This event was no exception. While I did not personally get to experience the joy that somebody had over being able to obtain food from a food bank, I know that they are utterly and completely grateful to all the volunteers at the Parent Teacher Association and, to anybody else who donated food or household items. Over the years, the Parent Teacher Association has grown and raised more money each year and while I am busy at college, making it hard to attend events, and I know that they will continue to do wonderful things for the local schools. I cannot wait to see what they think up for next year!