Streetsboro -- Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro donated $5,600 to the Streetsboro schools with most of it going to the school district's art programs.
A check was handed to the Streetsboro Board of Education members at the Sept. 12 meeting by Ken Claypoole, PPSS treasurer. The money was raised in April at the second annual student art show, which included an art display at Robinson Health Center at Streetsboro, an art appreciation dinner, and live and silent auctions for merchandise.
"All grades in the schools presented the art that they created," Claypoole told the School Board. "The art was on display for a week."
Also, PPSS put together a calendar with 13 pieces of artwork for the 13 grades including kindergarten, which covers 12 months plus the cover.
"It was a good fundraiser. We had an auction, so whoever in each grade bid the highest had their picture in the calendar. So a few grandparents bid more than they intended to," said Claypoole with a smile.
Of the total donation, $5,200 will be given to the school district's art teachers to be used at their discretion for their art programs, Claypoole said. The breakdown is $400 for each of the 13 grades, including kindergarten.
"I can't even express how much I appreciate all the time, work and energy by the PPSS to make such an excellent art show," Campus Elementary School art teacher Michele Forsyth said. "The way the whole community comes together is so impressive. I have received money from the school for basic needs in my program, but now with the money generated, the possibilities go up a notch. Thanks to everyone involved including all my talented students."
Also, $200 is scheduled to go to the Henry Defer Intermediate School Juggling Club and $200 to the Streetsboro High School Jazz Band, to be used at the discretion of Gretchen Weaver, the high school's instrumental music teacher.
The $5,600 donation is an increase over the $3,200 that was donated following the April 2012 art show.
"We hope it will continue to grow," Claypoole said. "It is to promote the art programs within the school system."
The third annual student art show is scheduled for May 5-16, 2014 at Robinson Health Center at Streetsboro.
Claypoole handed out PPSS calendars at the Sept. 12 meeting.
"The calendar was self-funded by business advertising," Claypoole said. "In fact, the calendar raised more money than it cost, so doing the calendar allowed [PPSS] to provide a larger donation than without the calendar. PPSS contacted local businesses about advertising in the calendar. On each calendar page, the left side has a business advertisement."
Claypoole believes it was "a total win" because it provided "a community and school event calendar free of charge, raised money for the art classes in the schools and provided businesses with a good opportunity to reach Streetsboro households."
He said more than 5,000 calendars were distributed, mostly by PPSS volunteers who canvassed Streetsboro neighborhoods. The calendars also were distributed at school open houses, the Streetsboro Senior Center, the Streetsboro Parks and Recreation office, and other community sites, he said.
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