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‘Angry Birds’ event raises money at local school
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‘Angry Birds’ event raises money at local school

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The Families For Education group at Washington Primary School raised more than $7,200 this week during the second annual “Angry Birds” walk-a-thon fundraiser.

More than 200 students collected money from sponsors, then they walked 12 to 17 laps around the playground. Nearly 40 parents came to cheer on the children and support Families For Education, a group that is designed to enhance education and support teachers.

Elke Olbricht, a Hamilton School Board member, was at the school fundraiser.

“I’m a big cheerleader of the FFE program,” Olbricht said. “I love the concept and the idea, and I feel that it is the missing link to connect parents to schools. It’s the modern version of the PTA. This way the parents at each school get to decide where and how to support education at that school.”

Nicole Mendonca and Sarah Fryer, Washington FFE co-presidents, organized the playground event.

“It’s exciting for the kids to see the parents cheering them on,” Fryer said. “Every kid gets a participation award – an Angry Birds pencil and bookmark. Other prizes were awarded based on pledges received. “

The money is managed by the FFE group to promote enrichment and education programs, family/student events, unique school activities and special teacher events during the year. Here are a few examples: special family breakfasts, a petting zoo, a polar bear experience via Skype with the Alaska Aoo and appreciation events all year long for teachers and staff.

“Teachers can ask for mini-grants for their classes,” Fryer said. “Then they can get things they want – educational materials, prizes for treasure boxes, an incubator, items for their classroom or field trips. Our goal is to touch the lives of as many kids with each grant that we can.”

The Little Bronc Preschool also benefits from the Washington FFE. Last year the preschool received educational games and time with closet organizer Lisa DeMoss, who helped them develop a storage system with shelving.

Olbricht said the Angry Birds walk-a-thon was a very successful fundraiser.

“It was organized, efficient and easy. It got the kids outside to exercise and it’s a great way to get parents to come to the school,” said Olbricht. “Currently I’m not on FFE because I’m on the school board, which I love. It’s a working board. Everyone is invested in making a big difference.”

Fryer said the Washington FFE group needs additional parents who want to be involved and supportive. Contact the school office for more details.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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