A partygoer inspects the raffle prizes during the event in Sandoval.
Sandoval PTO Block Party Raises Money for Sports, ExtracurricularsA weekend block party in downtown Sandoval has raised more than $8,000 to keep all sports and extra-curricular activities in the Sandoval School District in place. Sandoval PTO Co-President and Treasurer Heather Day says that is short of their $10,000 goal, but reports proceeds from the Dodge ball tournament and a golf scramble still have to be added. She notes the money raised is already is enough to save all of the sports that were cut, but they may need to look at their goal of keeping all extra-curricular transportation in place. Day was extremely pleased with the more than 1,000 people who filled Main Street on Saturday afternoon and evening to help raise money. She says there was also a lot of help to put on the event.
"We've had everyone out here, school board members, city hall members, PTO members, almost the entire community of Sandoval, Paoka, and Odin [came out]" Day said.
Day notes in order to save the amount of money that needs to be raised, the coaches have agreed to work without pay for the current school year.
Day says the PTO also wants to work to raise money to restore field trips that have been cut. The Sandoval School Board made the cuts in sports and extra curricular activities to help cover a $300,000 budget deficit they blame on the state not fully funding schools.
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