ARIS Holds Two very successful fundraisers with Book Blast and Canned Food Drive – Elmore-Autauga News

Amanda Paevey

Elmore/Autauga News

Airport Road Intermediate School hosted a Book Blast “Book” Raiser event in the fall and partnered with Books are Fun to give students new books to take home. The Parent Participation Committee sponsored Book Blast’s “book” purveyors. ARIS family, friends and even some community businesses donated just over $19,000 to purchase these books for the students.

These books are also theirs. When children are good readers, they are good learners.ARIS liked this new program because it provided a way to build a student library at home.

The 3rd and 4th graders were so excited to have their new book! Books are Fun provides incentives to encourage students to email family and friends asking for donations. They handed out four treasure chests containing cash and candy. The Grand Prix was the iPad. Debbie Jones, ARIS’s media specialist, checked her email daily to see how much had been donated from the previous day. She couldn’t believe the amount of generosity and support she received from her family and her ARIS friends.

“We would like to thank our family, friends and community partners at ARIS for helping make this happen,” said Jones. “We couldn’t have done it without you. You made our students so happy!

Books are Fun is fun shopping for students with the most donations in both grades. The most participating teachers also shopped for classrooms. ARIS Libraries used the remaining funds from the event to purchase $800, and the library purchased the books, placed them on the shelves, and made them available to all students.

If a student earned enough donations to obtain the maximum allowed number of books, additional donations for that student purchased books for students who were unable to attend or had no donations . When all donations were collected, every student in our school received at least two books to take home.

“The Airport Road Intermediate School Book Blast was a huge success, with $19,000 worth of books purchased for our students. We thank the parents and the community for supporting this cause,” said Richard Dennis, Elmore County Public Schools Superintendent.

From November 1st to December 9th, ARIS students collected cans to donate to the Millbrook WELCOME Center. We collected 1,961 cans this year. In the class that collected the most cans, the third grade overall winner was Mr. Clark’s class, who collected 282 cans. The fourth grade class overall winner was her Mrs. Dunkerson with 284 cans. Her Assistant Principal at Airport Road Intermediate Schools, Sharon Earl, said:

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