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PTA tries to keep field trips, programs alive

Group plans to raise $40K to aid student programs

Posted: July 22, 2009 10:13 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Bouquet Canyon Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association hopes to raise $40,000 to continue field trips and afterschool enrichment programs for the upcoming school year.

“As a community, we’re all going to have to work together,” said Wendy Conte, PTA secretary for Bouquet Canyon Elementary School.

“If we want our kids to continue to receive quality education, it’s going to be up to us to help support that.”

About 560 students attend Bouquet Canyon Elementary School, which is part of the Saugus Union School District.

While the PTA has hosted annual fundraisers for school programs in the past, the recurring cuts to local school district budgets have stretched funding for special programs, like field trips.

“The budget cuts affect the classroom obviously, and the PTA is relied on to help compensate,” Conte said.

Bouquet Canyon’s PTA, which counts about 600 members, funds field trips, assemblies and afterschool activities, Conte said.

Even family-friendly school activities, like the annual Father/Daughter Dance and carnival are supported by the PTA.

The PTA also sponsors the afterschool enrichment program, which provides arts, sports and music classes for Bouquet Canyon’s elementary-aged students, she said.

Families pay a small fee for the enrichment program, she said.

However, the PTA offsets the cost of afterschool programs for students who cannot afford the extracurricular programs.

While the PTA raises money for field trips, teachers are left to decide where to take their students.

For instance, the fourth-graders typically take an overnight trip to Fort Tejon, while the kindergartners visit a strawberry farm annually, she said.

“It gives them an opportunity to experience something they might have not experienced in the classroom,” Conte said.

To donate to the fundraiser, call Bouquet Canyon School at (661) 297-8865.

The school is also looking for donations for the November 14 silent auction.



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