Businesses to raise funds for McGilvra school

As we often hear about how our already-underfunded public schools will face yet more budget cuts, it’s enough to make one weep — or to do something about it.

Some Madison Park community members have decided to do something about it in a big way. The McGilvra PTA and many of Madison Park businesses are planning to team up in a fund-raising effort for McGilvra Elementary School.

While it is in the final planning stages, the hope is to raise money for our community public elementary school, increase business for local merchants and ideally become an annual Madison Park event.

“While Madison Park merchants have long been supportive of our true neighborhood school, this is the first time we’ve formally teamed together, so we’re really excited,” said Don Philip, vice president of fund-raising for the McGilvra PTA.

This March, businesses will show their support for McGilvra Elementary School in three ways. Some businesses will give patrons the option to “round-up” their purchase price and donate the extra to the McGilvra PTA.

Other businesses will participate in a “Night Out for McGilvra” on March 31, during which they will donate a percentage of their sales for that day. Some businesses will give outright donations. Volunteers will also offer fun activities throughout the business district for the children during the Night Out for McGilvra.

The McGilvra PTA will publicize the names of all supporting businesses and encourage the community to shop and dine at these establishments.

“We’re hoping to create a win-win situation: Funds are raised for McGilvra, while all the publicity encourages shoppers to patronize Madison Park businesses, increasing sales for them,” said Karen Cretekos, PTA volunteer of community outreach and the person who has spearheaded this effort.

While details are still being worked out, enthusiasm is high, merchants have expressed support and McGilvra volunteers are already being recruited and put in place. The last and most crucial step is getting the community on board.

“It will be a festive and fun night out on the town,” Cretekos promised.

Look for more details in next month’s Madison Park Times or visit McGilvra’s website at[[In-content Ad]]