The gymnasium is prepared to welcome you back to the Blitz! (Photo courtesy of Island Trees School District)

The Blitz Is Returning To Island Trees

Raffle-fanatics and bingo-lovers get ready; the Island Trees Blitz is officially coming back to put the FUN in FUNdraising!

The Blitz is an annual event hosted by the Island Trees School District in collaboration with the elementary school PTA and various town businesses. This year’s Blitz is on Friday, March 15 at 5:30 pm at the Island Trees Middle School. Come on down for an evening of bingo and enter to win some amazing raffles! This year’s raffles include field-level seats donated by the Yankees, an overnight stay at Oheka Castle, and more!

The Blitz is Island Trees’ biggest fundraiser, and helps sponsor a plethora of programs throughout the year. These include the Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) program, a cultural arts program which brings in different educational and fun assemblies for the kids, a blow-up planetarium show in April, Spirit Day, the school supplies program, and much much more!

“Our annual Blitz fundraiser is the perfect demonstration of community engagement, and school spirit,” said Dr. Penny Fisher, principal of J. Fred Sparke Elementary School, and Allison Ackerman, principal of Michael F. Stokes Elementary School. “Each year, our PTA works tirelessly to host a successful event that brings together our close-knit community and helps raise funds to help us continue to provide enriching programs and experiences for our Island Trees students. In addition to our dedicated PTA members, the event would not be possible without the support of our local business community, vendors, and dozens of hardworking volunteers.”

Lori Wood, a PTA member who has been hard at work to prepare the Blitz, expressed the importance of the event in providing opportunities and memories for the students. “School should be about education but it should also be about fun and experiences, memories with friends,” she said. “It should be that every kid can have the same experiences no matter what, regardless of their financial situations. Everybody should get to do the same things and have the same experiences.”

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