PTO Thrift donates $100,000 to AAPS Educational Foundation

From the AAPS Educational Foundation

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop has made a $100,000 gift to the The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation and its One Million Reasons Campaign.

The campaign aims to raise $1 million by July 31; proceeds will be directed to Ann Arbor Public School district’s programs for the 2010-11 school year.

A check will be presented to the AAPS Educational Foundation at the Townie Party, Monday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m., on Ingalls Mall near the entrance to the Michigan League on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus. Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop Board Chairwoman Janet Fritsch will make the presentation along with members of the PTO Thrift Shop board.

“The PTO Thrift Shop board is proud to make this donation to the One Million Reasons campaign on behalf of our students, parents, volunteers and shoppers who support the excellent education offered by our Ann Arbor Public Schools,” Fritsch said in a statement through the foundation.

“Our mission is closely allied with that of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation: To ensure great educational opportunities, as well as support for enrichment and extra-curricular programs, for all students at all Ann Arbor Public Schools.”

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop is a nonprofit supporting Ann Arbor Public Schools students through the resale of unique and gently used community goods.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this important gift,” said foundation board Chairwoman Helen Starman. “With it, we will be able to maintain programs in our Ann Arbor Public Schools – whose exceptional quality make it a wonderful community to live and raise a family in. We’re especially happy to receive the check at our Townie Party, which celebrates all things local – including our great public schools.”

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is an independent, community-based, nonprofit organization committed to helping all Ann Arbor Public Schools students achieve their highest potential by providing community support for innovative and excellent educational opportunities.

The foundation will also host a children’s activity during tonight’s Townie Party at the Kids Zone beginning at 5 p.m. Children will get a chance to start their own native plant garden with locally grown Black-eyed Susan seeds from Native Plant Nursery in Ann Arbor.

Donations to the One Million Reasons Campaign can be made online by visiting the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation Website by sending a check payable to AAPSEF at 2555 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. Contributors may also arrange to make monthly pledge payments through credit card or checking accounts by calling the foundation at (734) 994-1969.

Click here for a list of FAQ’s about the “One Million Reasons” Campaign.

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