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Parents for Public Schools donates $3,892 for school organizations, art programs

by ALISON STEWART | REPORTER Published: November 21, 2012 12:32 AM


Streetsboro — Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro donated $3,892 to local schools at a Nov. 8 Board of Education meeting.

According to Ken Claypoole, $150 went to the juggling club at Henry Defer Intermediate School, $534 to the Drama Club at Defer, and $3,208 was split up among schools for art supplies/projects.

“We have various fundraising events to get money for the schools,” said Claypoole.

One such fundraising event was at a Defer Drama Club play earlier this Fall.

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“We had a concession stand at the play to raise money,” said Claypoole. This money goes to the Drama Club since they were the ones participating in the fundraiser.

“We choose to donate to the participating clubs,” said Claypoole.

Another event was an end of summer ice cream social said Claypoole. The Defer Juggling Club performed at the social and received donations from this event.

According to Claypoole, the Drama and Juggling clubs will be using their donations to pay for equipment for their clubs. 

“The Juggling Club is a pay to play club and any extra costs come from their pockets,” said Claypoole. “This money will help both clubs to better their performances.”

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The $3,028 for the art program was raised at an art show which took place last spring. Students from different schools displayed their art work, according to Claypoole. People from the community were able to come in and bid on them during an auction. There was then an art appreciation dinner held during which donations also were made. 

The art program is greatly underfunded according to Claypoole.

This is due to the amount of state funding for the arts, he explained.

“There is so much to do, and they have to draw constraints,” said Claypoole. “This is why we fundraise for areas that do not get much school funding.”

Art teacher Samantha Copthorne greatly appreciates the $800 she is receiving for art supplies. 

“I am currently looking at a demonstration mirror that allows the kids to see what I am doing when I demonstrate projects,” said Copthorne. “I am also looking at a color laser printer for my room. We do collaborative projects with community agencies sometimes. For example, this year’s Red Cross Blood Drive at Defer was promoted with posters made by the sixth grade. These posters were hung in the community and not returned to the students. As evidence of their work to be sent home and for grading, I take digital photos of the projects and print them. [The donation] a great thing because I’ll be able to buy things I otherwise would not be able to.”

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