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School raffles off new car to fund student enrichment programs

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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Car raffle:

Tickets for the car raffle can be purchased at the Lincoln Spring Festival, Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Twelve Bridges Elementary School’s booth in Beermann Plaza.

 

Between proposition 13 and school district budget cuts, California schools struggle to provide anything beyond a bare-bones curriculum of reading, writing, arithmetic, sciences and physical education.

But undeterred by hard times Twelve Bridges Elementary School is working to provide enrichment programs for its students. With 719 students, TBES has the largest elementary school student population in the Western Placer Unified School District.

 

In an effort to raise funds for enrichment programs, the Parent-Teacher Club is raffling off a new car. They hope to raise about $40,000, organizers said.

 

The raffle prize is $10,000 cash or a new 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The car retails for about $20,000, said Kristi Howard, co-president of the PTC at the school. Winners need not be present to win. The Hyundai was donated by Chris Shaffer, general manager of Roseville Hyundai. Shaffer’s two sons attend TBES.

 

“We feel very lucky that our kids get a well-rounded education at Twelve Bridges, including music, art, a garden program and our sciences,” said Howard.

 

Daniela Thompson, TBES principal, said that the school’s successful enrichment programs owe a big debt to parent and faculty volunteerism.

 

“Our school would not be what it is without a PTC and parent volunteers,” she said. “All the behind-the-scenes details they do work to bring it all together.”

 

In addition to the car raffle, the PTC will host a golf tournament and Mexican dinner buffet Friday, May 17 at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Lincoln Hills. Golf begins at 1 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Price for the golf package is $125/per person and $20/ per person for dinner. The raffle will be held at the golf tournament event and the winning ticket for the Hyundai will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

 

Tickets are $10 each and will be available until May 17. Tickets can be purchased at the TBES booth on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Spring Festival held in Beermann Plaza, Lincoln, or contact Kristi Howard at 916-434-6915.

 

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