By Tara Cavanaugh
The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop and the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation have been nominated for annarbor.com’s 2012 Deal of the Year Award, which highlights business decisions that had the most impact over the past year in Washtenaw County.
The nonprofits are among two dozen businesses and organizations who have been nominated. Gov. Rick Snyder will present the awards at a black-tie gala at Eastern Michigan University Nov. 2.
The shop and the foundation were nominated for each funding $43,000 toward late middle school busing for the 2012-2013 school year. Thanks to their collaboration, middle school students can get a safe ride home after participating in after-school clubs, athletics and academic enrichment activities. Around 1,500 students from Ann Arbor Open, Clague, Scarlett, Slauson and Tappan middle schools participate in after-school activities each year.
“It takes people coming together to really keep our schools great,” said Omari Rush, AAPSEF board president. “When people do come together, great things can happen and resources can be maximized.”
“The foundation and the shop are trying to find solutions to the current problems,” said Ann Farnham, community relations director of the PTO Thrift Shop. “Here we saw a problem and we came up with an innovative solution.”
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is an independent, community-based, non-profit 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 Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop is a non-profit resale shop with all proceeds from shop activities benefitting Ann Arbor Public Schools and its PTOs, Parent Councils, teams, clubs and other groups in support of AAPS student enrichment.