Pine, Strawberry Communities Raise Big Bucks For School

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The citizens of Pine and Strawberry donated $51,395 to the Pine Strawberry Elementary School during their fall 2005 Credit For Kids campaign.

"What a fantastic outpouring of support during a time when everyone was being asked to provide financial support to hurricane and tsunami victims as well," said Michael Clark, superintendent of Pine Strawberry Elementary School District #12.

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Michael Clark, superintendent of Pine Strawberry Elementary School District #12

The money will go toward a number of projects for the 132 students, including continuation of playing field development, field trips, technology support for student clubs and academic enrichment projects and support of fine arts and athletic programs.

"Julie Pugel from Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty and the folks that helped her deserve the vast majority of the credit for the success we realized," Clark said.

Clark wants to also thank the women who volunteered a whole day of stuffing envelopes with a letter requesting support for the Credit For Kids program. The volunteers included, among others, Liz Williams, Jean Bean, Sandy McClarey, Doris Randall and Betsy Porter. Many of the other volunteers were former Pine Kiwanis members.

Credit for Kids allows households to deduct, as a tax credit, fees paid to schools for extracurricular activities. The donations are a dollar-for-dollar credit so there is no cost to the taxpayer. The person making the donation gets to say where their money will be spent.

This year the money will be allocated as follows:

After School Program: $300

Athletics: $2,130

Seventh-Grade: $750

Character Ed: $750

Chess Club: $200

Athletic Field: $3,330

Gen Fund: $20,345

Fine Arts: $7,830

Fifth-Grade: $300

Science Club: $300

Second-Grade: $200

Library: $5,280

Student Council: $600

Technology: $5,130

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