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Milton PTO putting ‘fun’ into annual fund-raiser

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Fish Fry, fall festival set for Saturday, Oct. 17

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

Members of the Parent-Teacher Organization are hoping area residents will mosey on over Saturday to the new Milton Elementary School to lasso some grub at this year’s Fish Fry.

This is the first year the school’s annual fall festival will be held at the new building, and though it’s also the first year with Principal Sharon James at the helm, it is not James’ first fish-fry experience.

“We always came to the Milton [School] Fish Fry, because we’ve always heard how good it was,” James said Monday, adding that the fish is cooked by the PTO members. “So, we’ve never missed it.”

The event will be in keeping with this year’s theme: “Saddle Up for Learning,” which James said was chosen because of the corral-like fence surrounding the new playground. Saddles can be found throughout the school, and classroom doors are decorated with bandanas. “The teachers and students are really into” the western theme. “We’ve had a lot of fun with that.”

Additionally, James said all the students and staff at the school are “pumped up” for the festival and fish fry, which has a few additions, thanks to all the new space in and around the building.

First is a “Chinese raffle.”

In an ordinary raffle, names are drawn from one box and the winners receive prizes at random. The new type of raffle allows chance-buyers to place their tickets into drawings for specific prizes that they might like to win, said PTO member and paraeducator Jill Clifford.

Those who buy more than one raffle ticket can put all their tickets in one basket or spread them out among the different prizes, Clifford added.

“We never had enough room to do this before,” James said. “One whole hallway will be devoted to the raffle baskets.”

Throughout the day, children also will be able to play on inflatables outside starting at 11 a.m., plus there will be a cornhole tournament for adults 18 and older starting at 1 p.m.

Games will commence at 3 p.m., and are free, with the exception of the Cake Walk, which costs 75 cents.

From 3:30-5:30 p.m., students will be performing in the gymnasium.

Performances will be followed by an auction beginning at 6 p.m. with art made by the students, as well as classroom theme baskets and donated items.Kenny McCoy returns as auctioneer for the event. Clifford said McCoy has been donating his time to this event for several years now and has grandchildren who attend the school. “He does a really good job.”

Donated auction items, so far, include an overnight stay at Belterra Casino and Resort in Vevay, Ind., tickets to Holiday World and University of Kentucky football and basketball games, and valuable coupons, Clifford said.

“Everyone has been very generous in donating things for us,” James said. “It’s very exciting.”

Clifford said the funds raised during the event will be used by the PTO to pay for programs and other needs, including a rock wall that the group is hoping to buy for the gym. “All the money goes back into the school.”

James and Clifford said they hope area residents who have not yet been inside the new facility will take this opportunity to check it out.

“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone, and meeting again the people who came to our open house.” James said. “And I’m looking forward to eating the fish.”

For more information about the event, or to volunteer or donate items, call Clifford or James at (502) 268-3322.