A pair of Fayette fund raisers 2.13

Written by David Green.

PTO: Fayette’s PTO group aims to fill the gaping hole in front of the new school. The framework is in place, but the digital sign that will announce school events has yet to be purchased.

Fund raising for the sign continues in the current school year with the group’s biggest project—the annual pancake and sausage supper and raffle.

This year’s event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the south gymnasium at the high school. As always, children of age preschool and under are admitted free.

If there’s one thing the PTO raffle is famous for, it’s the quality of the prizes. This year’s drawing will feature a Dell laptop computer, a Wii game system and an Apple iPod Nano.

Tickets will continue to be on sale at the dinner, up until the drawing time around 7 p.m.

Although the PTO is currently focussed on the dinner and raffle, the group has addressed other issues in recent months.

LEGION: A few veteran members of Fayette’s American Legion Post aren’t able to easily get inside the building due to the exterior steps.

That problem will be a thing of the past some day after members complete a project to make the facility handicapped accessible.

But the first order of business is fund-raising and that effort starts Friday with a series of six fish dinners. Serving is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“We have elderly veterans who can’t come in anymore,” said commander Victor Molina.

With the help of Fayette’s newly-chartered Sons of the American Legion group, Molina said there’s plenty of help available to see the project through.

The new Sons group, under the direction of Jake Leininger, has 40 members signed up.

“There are a lot of young guys who are really active,” Molina said. “The Sons give us a lot of exposure.”

Membership is open to sons and grandsons of qualifying veterans.

Plans call for construction of a ramp on the north side of the building that will end at an existing elevated doorway. Interior changes include closing off the kitchen to prevent the need for guests to pass through the kitchen on the way to the rest rooms.


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