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Chatham schools benefit from PTA Thrift Shop

Posted Friday, September 22, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Across Chatham County support for the PTA Thrift Shop is strong. Schools and community members volunteer time, donate items, and shop at three PTA Thrift Shop stores in order to help schools receive funding that bolsters school projects.

On Tuesday evening, September 19, representatives from schools and the PTA Thrift Shop celebrated volunteerism and its benefits for students. The PTA Thrift Shop announced individual school volunteer hours and funding received. Bennett School received the most funding, a check for $43,001.67, to use for school projects. Northwood High School received the second highest amount, a check for $38,546.39, to support school projects. The fifteen schools in Chatham County Schools earned a total of $369,384.00 through volunteer hours of service at the PTA Thrift Shop. Funding is determined by the number of volunteer hours served. Community members often contribute by volunteering hours on behalf of individual schools.

During the 2005-2006 school year, individuals and groups massed a total of 50,006.75 volunteer hours through the PTA Thrift Shop. Bennett School accumulated the most volunteer hours out of the fifteen schools with 7,480.00 hours. Northwood High School had the second highest number with 6,474.75 volunteer hours.

Drop boxes are located throughout the county. School groups and other volunteers collect items left in the boxes and take them to the PTA Thrift Shop stores in Pittsboro, Siler City, and Cole Park Plaza to be sorted and priced. Volunteers assist staff in tasks like hanging donated items, restocking shelves, and keeping the stores clean.

The PTA Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to continually provide bargain shopping for the public. The organization is operated by local PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations). In addition to the drop boxes, individuals can bring donations to the stores. Before the end of September, the Chatham PTA Thrift Shop will have its own website that will contain a link for store coupons.

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