2008-09-18 / Youth

PAEF selling tickets for Mardi Gras in October

Event helps fund foundation's support of Port Aransas ISD teachers, programs
BY DAN PARKER SOUTH JETTY REPORTER

STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER Grant money at work Brundrett Middle School teacher Kristi Longanecker guides student Chris Johns to a set of maps for the answer to a question in an eighth-grade American history class on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Twentyone maps were purchased for Longanecker's classroom through a $1,128 grant this past spring from the Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF). The non-profit PAEF awarded 29 grants worth more than $48,000 to Port Aransas schools in April. PAEF currently is gearing up Mardi Gras in October, the non-profit's biggest fundraiser of the year. STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER Grant money at work Brundrett Middle School teacher Kristi Longanecker guides student Chris Johns to a set of maps for the answer to a question in an eighth-grade American history class on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Twentyone maps were purchased for Longanecker's classroom through a $1,128 grant this past spring from the Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF). The non-profit PAEF awarded 29 grants worth more than $48,000 to Port Aransas schools in April. PAEF currently is gearing up Mardi Gras in October, the non-profit's biggest fundraiser of the year. The upcoming Mardi Gras in October is an event that helps the Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF) raise money to supply tangible benefits for island schools and their students.

Mardi Gras in October, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Port Aransas Civic Center, is PAEF's biggest fundraiser of the year.

The event will include a shrimp boil, drawings, silent auctions and live music by Alias Hart and Jones, who are donating their time.

All 24 reserved tables for guests have been sold out. However, tickets for individuals are available for $35 each at First American Title, 200 S. Alister St., Suite B; Whitten Real Estate, 136 Cut-off Road; and the Family Center IGA, 416 S. Alister St. Ticket prices are the same for adults and children.

Port Aransas High School cheerleaders will provide babysitting at the Port Aransas High School gym, where activities will include face painting and Cuddles the Clown. Cost of babysitting is $35 for the first child, then $10 for each additional sibling. Money raised by babysitting will benefit the cheerleaders' organization.

Formed in 2006, PAEF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to award grants to Port Aransas schools for educationally enriching programs and items not funded in school budgets.

In the latest round of grants, conducted in April, PAEF awarded schools with 29 grants totaling more than $48,000. That paid for teacher training, computer equipment and software, educational field trips, library books and more.

At Brundrett Middle School, students in teacher Kristi Longanecker's classroom this semester are benefiting from a set of 21 new maps illustrating aspects of American history. Arriving in the mail in July, the maps were purchased from a $1,128 grant awarded to Longanecker last spring from PAEF.

Longanecker uses the maps in sixth-grade social studies and eighthgrade American history.

PAEF is asking Port Aransas individuals, organizations and businesses to donate cash and items for Mardi Gras silent auctions and drawings.

Folks interested in donating should contact PAEF President Janice Roberts at 749-7126.

This year's Mardi Gras in October is sponsored by the Clark family of Port Aransas and Mark Grosse Real Estate.

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