POSEN - A citizens group is holding a family-friendly event filled with activities to raise money for Posen Consolidated Schools.
Fall Fest is one of several fundraisers organized by the Posen Citizens Academic Council, a group dedicated to raising money for new textbooks and other educational materials for Posen Consolidated Schools, council member Carrie Sobeck said. Along with the Cow Pie Classic starting at 4 p.m., there are more than a dozen activities planned, including raffles, cookoffs and a bake sale.
The day's activities kick off at 3 p.m. inside the school, Sobeck said, where volunteers will be painting faces and running other activities, like pumpkin and cookie decorating, a mom-and-son Lego contest and a father-daughter cake decorating contest. Kids can get their faces painted, courtesy of Miss Posen and her court, and the high school National Honor Society students. The Posen Area Fire and Rescue Department will bring a "smoke house" for safety demonstrations, and a jury will pick the winners for pie and chili cookoffs.
Aside from a free-will donation, there's no cost to attend Fall Fest, Sobeck said. Cookoff entry fees are $10 for chili and $5 for pies, and entries are due Sunday by 2:15 p.m.
An hour after Fall Fest begins, volunteers will let a cow wander across the school practice field for the Cow Pie Classic, Sobeck said. The council is selling 200 tickets for the game, one for each square in a grid on the practice field. Whoever holds the ticket for the grid square where the cow "drops his bundle" wins $1,000. Should the "bundle" land on a grid corner or square boundary, the prize will be split accordingly.
Tickets are $20, and are on sale at the school office, Jason's Quick Stop, Posen Auto Parts and Posen Elevator and Ace Hardware, Sobeck said.
What: Posen Fall Fest
Where: Posen Consolidated Schools, 10575 Michigan Ave.
When: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, cookoff entries due by 2:15 p.m. that day
The council will donate Fall Fest proceeds to Posen schools for new science textbooks for every grade, Sobeck said. So far, PCAC has raised about $8,200 of the roughly $15,000 needed for the purchase, and Sobeck's hopeful Fall Fest will help the recently-formed group meet its first big goal.
"We're basically just raising the money, and then the teachers and administration are going to decide on what is needed," she said.
Sobeck and other PCAC members, including district teachers, formed the council in April as a sort of booster-type organization aimed purely at academics, she said. As Michigan's testing standards changed, teachers and administrators saw more of a need for newer and better teaching materials.
"The teachers need things for classrooms all the time for teaching, and that's what we're striving for," she said.
While PCAC works to register as a nonprofit organization, the council's money is handled by Posen's treasurer, Sobeck said.
Sobeck can be reached at questions on Fall Fest at 766-2308, and PCAC is online at www.pcac2012.com.
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