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Staff, parents raising money for marquee at Parkview

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Parkview Elementary parent Betty Hudson said there are hundreds of items with Box Tops for Education on them that can benefit school.

Parkview Elementary School’s staff and Parent Activities Committee members are looking for a way to better communicate with parents and the school’s community.

The PAC are embarking on a fundraising campaign with a goal of $5,000 for a marquee sign for the school.

Principal Christi Richards said there are several things the school could use but a marquee will help get information to parents.

“When you send home letters, they don’t always make it home,” Richards said. “One reason we’ve always sent letters home is because we know not everyone has a computer. And even if they do, they might not have access to the Internet.”

Richards said she wants parents to have the opportunity to be involved, which they might not have if they aren’t aware of volunteer opportunities.

“With a marquee, parents can get information when they are dropping off or picking up their student and the community can read it when they drive by,” she said.

Richards said many parents in Parkview’s zone work and aren’t able to spend as much time as others helping out at school but the school is trying to get involvement up.

“Getting communication out there will help,” she said.

Betty Hudson, parent of sixth grader Maria Hudson, has been helping the school raise money through the Box Tops for Education program for the last five years. Last year, the program raised $550 in the spring semester.

Hudson will continue the program this year to work toward this year’s goal, with the addition of Campbell’s Labels for Education. Hudson said PAC is hoping $1,000 will come from Box Tops and labels.

“Organizing the program doesn’t take enough of my time for me not to do it because it benefits the school so much,” Hudson said.

Hudson said new Box Tops commercials on television are keeping students involved but her daughter claimed there is another reason.

“It’s not the commercials,” she said. “It’s whoever wins gets a pizza or ice cream party.”

Hudson said the classes compete and whoever brings in the most Box Tops or labels by the end of the semester wins.

Hudson said a Box Top can be found on hundreds of products and are worth ten cents each but specific items are worth more and specials can multiply them.

“If every kid brought in 10 Box Tops each semester we’d have our $1,000 right there,” she said.

Hudson said a few other Clovis schools participate in the Box Tops program but she’s hoping more schools will and she’s willing to train someone to run the program.

Richards said Hudson will be missed.

“She’s really been an asset to the school,” she aid. “We’re gonna miss her when her daughter leaves Parkview. She has done a miraculous job.”

Hudson’s daughter will move to Yucca Middle School next year and she’s hoping to continue the program there. Hudson said she’ll be training someone at Parkview to take over for her.

Hudson said PAC will also raise money through catalog sales next month and the school’s carnival Oct. 29. The carnival will also include a silent auction. Items to be auctioned off include baskets made by each class.