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Edgewood PTA May Fund All School Trips

SCARSDALE, N.Y. –  Edgewood Elementary School students in Scarsdale may soon have all their school trips paid for by the Parent Teacher Association, said Carmen Hall, president of the PTA.

The proposed initiative is expected to pass at the PTA’s Oct. 5 meeting and was considered to help all students take part in school trips, Hall said. The PTA’s current budget accommodates the initiative, she added.

“The PTA will pick up the cost to allow all the kids to participate and it will give parents a financial break,” she added.

The organization previously waived fees to a Family Skate Night following the 2007 storms that caused intense flooding in the area, Hall noted. The proposed measure would continue that tradition.

The stay-at-home mother of three has been involved in the school’s PTA for 12 years, when her oldest daughter Ana, now in high school junior, began kindergarten. Her son, Owen, attends Scarsdale Middle School, while daughter Ines, is a fourth grader at Edgewood.

Hall said she agreed to serve as PTA president for the 2011-2012 school year because she “finally felt I could commit 100 percent to the job.”

“I joined the PTA for my children, as a way to be involved with the school and give back to the school and community,” Hall said. “For new families, especially as I was 12 years ago, it can be overwhelming and it’s a great way to learn the routine, make friends and experience the vital role parents play at our school.”

From serving as class parents to serving lunch to students at the parent-coordinated daily school lunches, families have numerous opportunities to stay involved, she noted. In past years, Hall herself has tapped into her Cuban heritage to introduce salsa dancing to first graders to demonstrate the integral role dance plays in other cultures.  

In addition to the annual Social and year-end School Fair, the school’s focus on the multi-cultural background of its families will continue this year with four PTA-planned events, including circus arts, where students will get to observe and participate in acrobatic circus performances and dance demonstrations from different countries, Hall shared.

An additional $10,000 contribution to the Edgewood PTA from winning the Main Street Connect and Entergy-sponsored Better Schools Bonanza sweepstakes would “definitely be put to use in enhancing our arts program,” Hall said. “Maybe drama, but definitely arts.”

 

 

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