Cane Bay Elementary community raises funds for new playgrounds

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Students at Cane Bay Elementary have plenty of ways to play, thanks to $29,000 in new playground equipment, donated by the school’s PTA and DADS Club.  Pictured are Val Gold; Nicole Redlich, CBE PTA president; Todd Rabineau; April Rabineau; Principal Diane White; John Merlino; Mike DeSanto; and Steve Baxter, CBE DADS Club president.

The Cane Bay Elementary School community takes playtime seriously, and community members have spent the past two years working hard to prove it.  The efforts of the Cane Bay Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Dads Always Dedicated Club (DADS) and the school’s staff have culminated in $29,000 being donated for new playground equipment for students. Through a two-year fundraising effort that included collecting membership dues, personal donations and fundraising activities, such as Valentine’s Day grams, Spirit Day T-shirts, restaurant nights and box top collections, the Cane Bay Parent Teacher Association contributed $19,000 towards the equipment. The Dads Always Dedicated (DADS) Club sponsored its own fundraising efforts to include movie nights, pizza nights, and a well-attended fall festival, which helped to contribute another $6,000. The school’s students, faculty and staff also participated in the cause, selling Fun Saver Books that helped raise another $4,000. The funds raised were used to install additional equipment in both the pre-school and elementary playgrounds. “We understand that our students need calorie-burning, brain-boosting, community-building, fun-producing playgrounds to grow physically and mentally,” said PTA Vice President April Rabineau.  “Without the support of the wonderful students, staff, parents, grandparents and friends of Cane Bay Elementary, our school would not have had such a successful outcome.  “This was truly a team effort.” The Cane Bay Elementary PTA and DADS Club volunteer activities go beyond fundraising for the school. Their work enhances the experience for students, with activities such as an annual Fall Carnival, Spirit Day celebrations and monthly duty-free lunches for teachers. Parents are encouraged to join both groups. For information on the PTA, contact Crystal Martinez at (843) 482-0152.  For information on the DADS Club, contact Steve Baxter at (843) 697-5485.

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