|Event raises money to build new track field at the school|
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By DAVE CAMPBELL - Special to the News-Post
For the past several years, the Ferrum Elementary School PTO has been raising money to build a new track at the school.
It hasn't been easy.
The price tag is hefty -- around $15,000-- but the PTO wants to leave a mark that will benefit both the school and the community.
To help reach the goal, the PTO will host its second annual Ferrum Elementary School Jamboree on April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"We are super excited about this event," says PTO co-president Ashley Amos. "Not only will we have some of the area's best talent performing, but we'll be raising money for the new track at the same time."
Each year, the PTO supports and helps fund numerous events at Ferrum Elementary, such as field trips, movie showings and Bingo nights.
The track, however, is a long-range effort in addition to the annual responsibilities. It is still several years away from coming to fruition.
"The track is a big undertaking," says Ferrum Principal Jennifer Talley, "but it is also something we desperately need, and it will serve not only the students here, but also the general public. I'm thrilled we can do something like this Jamboree to bring people in the community together, celebrate music, and give to a terrific cause."
Scheduled to perform this year are The Ferrum Elementary Signing Panthers, The Ferrum Elementary Steel Drum Band, FCHS a cappella group Orenda, The Beandawg Mountain Boys, Hawpatch, Kerosene Willy and The Dry Hill Draggers.
"We decided to vary the music this year," Amos said. "We wanted to make sure we had a little something for everyone. With the diverse line-up we've put together, we're hoping a nice cross-section of folks will come out for the music."
Teaming with the PTO and the elementary school is the Recreation Leadership Program at Ferrum College. As part of the Community Leisure Services course, students are designing a Kid's Area complete with games, prizes and other fun activities.
"We worked with this event last year, and we really enjoyed the interaction," said recreation instructor Dan Caston. "It was especially nice to see the college students working with the elementary students."
The Jamboree will also feature food from area vendors as well as a 50/50 raffle.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m., with music starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids or two for $5. Kids under 4 and Ferrum Elementary students will be admitted free of charge.