Bagel sale donates $1,000 to Carpenter Reads

After unfurling the banner, the students lined up and gave piles of cash to the parents who run Carpenter Reads.

Carpenter Reads is a PTO-sponsored program that gives away 3 books to each Carpenter student every year. Today, it got a donation from an unusual source: the weekly bagel sale, held in Marilyn Freeman’s fourth grade class.

The students gave the money, in the form of cold, hard cash, to the parents who run Carpenter Reads at an assembly today.

The fourth graders sell 21 dozen bagels every Friday morning, said Mrs. Freeman. All students play a role in the business, whether they’re working the cash register or cleaning up. The bagels are purchased wholesale from Barry’s Bagels, which also delivers the bagels to the school for free.

Mrs. Freeman says the sale, which has taken place every Friday for at least 12 years, usually nets $2,000 to $3,000 each school year. The money is donated to the school to support field trips.

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