NEXT POST – Chelsea PTO Helps Kids

Kim Gutierrez De Pineres, Emily Burr, and Jessica Federico accepting donation from John Knox.

On February 3, 2020 we heard from the Chelsea Parent Teacher Organization. Three officers attended their presentation, President Jessica Federico, Vice President Kim Gutierrez De Pineres, and Co-Teasurer Emily Burr. Jessica was an auto engineer before moving to Chelsea and starting her family. Her two boys are now in school, and she’s been with the PTO for two years. She told us the PTO is an organization behind the scenes designed to help children get the most out of their education. She would like to become more well known in the community, though. They have 9 events during the year for students, their families, teachers, and other school staff. A big fundraiser is the Bulldog Jog, bringing in between $12,000 and $19,000. Kids collect pledges, then have fun running around the track with their classmates. This event is the only time parents are asked for monetary support during the schoolyear. Coming up this month on the 12th, Para Professional Appreciation Day, and on the 28th, Geography Night. It’s a great educational family event held at WSEC with tons of hands-on learning. The largest family event is the Ice Cream Social held on June 5. Carnival style games, bounce house/obstacle courses, live bands, the Kiwanis food truck, and of course ice cream are featured. We are happy to donate all the day’s profits to the PTO. Another fundraiser that has been successful is collecting box tops from packaged foods. Last year they redeemed $4000 worth. Our club turned over some box tops we have beem collecting for the PTO. This year the process has changed. Now there is a compuer application which will automatically send box top redemption cash to the school of your choice. For more information, email -PTO.Chelsea@gmail.com Facebook – Chelsea Elementary PTO Website – https://sites.google.com/a/chelsea.k12.mi.us/chelsea-pto/ We were also happy to see members of our Kiwanis family on Monday night. The officers of St. Louis Center Aktion Club and their advisor, Rick Viser, presented us with the proceeds of their annual Christmas card sales. Members of the club design the cards and sell them at churches in the area. This year’s donation to our club was $1000. Another Kiwanis family club, Chelsea High School Key Club is busy this month. Members are participating in the Polar Plunge event at University of Michigan stadium on February 21. This is one of 30 plunges statewide to support Special Olympics of Michigan. Nearly 23,000 intellectually disadvantaged students benefit with year round sports training and athletic competition. Brave Key Club jumpers invite everyone to join in the event, plunging or cheering. Post plunge party follows immediately after last plunger. More information at Polar Plunge Michigan 2020. Key Club members join with students in Chelsea High School’s Independence Hall in activities like bowling, basketball, and a movie night during the school year.

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