The event also includes a “large raffle” and a silent auction, Colson added. Raffled items include cash, planters, lottery tickets, gift cards, home-crocheted blankets and other items.
As always, the event’s silent auction will include “class baskets,” which are compiled by each class at St. Mary’s.
“Each class, from pre-school through sixth grade, chooses a book to use as a theme,” Colson explained. “Parents then donate items for the baskets based on each book. The items are then put together into a basket and sold as part of the silent auction.”
SMAFA uses the proceeds from the annual event to “fund items that the school doesn’t have the budget for.”
“We try to supplement [their budget] and raise money to buy things they don’t have in their budget,” Colson said. “About six or seven years ago, for example, we bought new playground equipment for the school, which was moved to the new building when it opened in 2012.”
For the last few years, the group has mostly made technology-related purchases on behalf of the school. Colson believes that trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
We’re working on upgrading our technology – computers, laptops, iPads,” she said. “We’re trying to look into the future and keep up with other schools in regards to technology-based education; technology is so important to learning and education these days.”
In 2014, upgraded technology will mean updating computer systems to the latest software and hardware and purchasing additional laptops for kids who attend the school’s technology classes.
“We want every kid in one of our technology classes to have his or her own computer,” Colson said. “Basically, we want to make sure we maintain the same technology standards maintained by public schools, so that our kids don’t fall behind.”
Anyone in the community can donate and become part of SMAFA. “You don’t even need to be an alumnus,” Colson said. “Our president [Natalie Pumphrey] didn’t attend St. Mary’s, but her kids do.”
For more information on the St. Mary’s Alumni and Friends Association or how to get involved, call the school at 663-2804.
Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011; email@example.com