Peterborough Elementary School PTO fundraising for an outdoor classroom

  • Stella and Juniper Zimmer of Peterborough get on the bus to Peterborough Elementary School on Wednesday morning. Governor Chris Sununu recently ordered all New Hampshire schools to return to five days a week of in-person learning. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 4/8/2021 10:52:47 AM

Peterborough Elementary School students are about to start fundraising for an outdoor classroom by pledging acts of kindness. The fundraiser, called the Raise Craze, has each participating student make their own list of different acts of kindness to do over a two-week span, such as writing a thank-you note to first responders or donating a care package for the homeless. They then ask for sponsors to donate to their cause, and “pay it forward,” organizer Andrea Petrone said, by completing the acts of kindness on the honor system.

The Peterborough Elementary School PTO is running the fundraiser. “Our goal is $10,000,” Petrone said, and they’re hoping for enough donations to make an outdoor classroom a reality, in addition to teacher allotments to cover school supplies and supplements. Community members can donate to a specific student’s campaign, or donate through the PES PTO’s donation page. Some local businesses have already signed on for matching donations, Petrone said, and they anticipate naming and thanking all corporate sponsors at the fundraiser’s completion. PES parents should look out for registration information this Friday, Petrone said. The fundraiser runs from April 9 through the 25.

— By ABBE HAMILTON




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