Clipped From Fort Lauderdale News
School Carnival Helps Turn Kids From TV To Books By Pete Gordon Staff Writer DELRAY BEACH Children's fun was serious business yesterday for parents at the Plumosa Elementary School carnival. The parental action will make sure that fewer children from the school will be sitting in front of television sets this year. The one-day one-day one-day carnival grossed $1,306. After about $300 expenses are paid, the proceeds are earmarked for five books for each of the 513 children in the school from kindergarteners through fifth-graders. fifth-graders. fifth-graders. 'imagine, each child will be able to select their own five books, without cost and take them home to keep, forever and forever," said Mary Ann Kemmerer, who lpd the carnival committee and 200 parents who made p the carnival workers. Nickels and dimes spent for games, cakes, soft drinks and hot dogs earned the money. More than 2,000 adults and children participated in the event at the school attended by both Boynton Beach and Delray Beach children. The free handout of books started last year with Grade 3 and was so successful, according to Principal Betty Duffey, that the PTA decided to expand the program to include all grades this year. "We discovered last year that the Grade 3 children, encouraged to read by being given books of their own choice, found it enjoyable enough to turn off their TV sets," she said. "If we can get them to choose between books and TV, and they choose books ... well ... they ii win." ..j;; iin ;j I,,, ijjji.. Last year the Washington-based Washington-based Washington-based Reading Is Fun-demental Fun-demental Fun-demental program was introduced with the aid of the Boynton Beach-Delray Beach-Delray Beach-Delray Beach Exchange Club, which put up $150 seed money. The government matched it with another $150 and astute dealing with the book suppliers in the program bought $454 worth of books, a $154 savings. The expanded program will require $'50. After expenses the parents expect to have close to $1,000. The difference will be spent for some media equipment most likely, Mrs. Kemmerer said. v Jason Bauer, 4, too young to attend school, discovered discovered yesterday how to spend a buck and have fun. Paying for his fun will help his two school-age school-age school-age brothers into the reading program. His buck was stretched 10 ways. He barely got past the entrance with 10 tickets worth 10 cents each when; he weakened and paid a dime for a cupcake and another dime for an orange drink i But another attempt to win cake in the Cakewalk drew only a secondary prize. ' "Aw, I wasn't that hungry anyway," he said, dragging his mother Mary Bauer to the bean bag tassi the lollipop pull, the basketball toss, ring toss and buried treasure where he won an assortment of rub- rub- hery alligators, bird badges, magic rings and other trinkets before weakening to hunger and buying pop. ' corn and hotdogs. "It was a good day until we started running out of prizes," Mrs. Bauer said, as she ordered that the extra lollipops be used for prizes. In the past the PTA had rented the booths and games. This year the parents did all the work and found that instead of a "few hundred dollars of profit" they were ecstatic with nearly $1,000.1 !, i Ii 1 !! ill i'lli i!-:' i!-:' I: I! ;!! :! !j "Parents are just as enthusiastic about the RIF program," she said. "I've been involved with many PTA affairs but have never seen one like this."