Mom and son date night
I have mentioned several times before in my blogs that I am very active in my children’s schools and classrooms. I am also a member of our Pennfield Schools Educational Foundation. This group of dedicated individuals works hard to raise money through fundraisers to fund grants that our Pennfield Schools or Pennfield community are requesting. Our fundraisers are an arts and crafts show in November, a Mom & Son Date Night in February and a golf outing in July.
A couple of years ago our group was trying to come up with fundraisers that we could have to raise money for our foundation to be able to fill requested grants. I mentioned to the group that we should have a Mom & Son Date Night for all of us moms who have a boy and get neglected from dates. Many schools have Daddy Daughter Dances and we do as well, now we have something for the boys. This isn’t a dance by any means.
This event is for all boys from Prep through 5th grade. The evening is fun-filled with tons and tons of prize give-a-ways, dinner, a couples picture, movie and interactive time in the gym with our varsity boys basketball, the local minor league football team and an occasional hockey player. Because I was passionate about seeing this happen, the first year I did the fundraiser totally by myself. I didn’t have one person helping me and really didn’t know what to expect or how it was going to play out. I lost a lot of sleep and always had it on my mind. Well we made it through the first year and 2nd and now this is our 3rd year. I must say we are getting pretty good at it and we make changes every year to make it that much better.
There are a lot of hours that go into this event through phone calls and running around to get prizes and donations and helpers. I do this on top of my farm bookwork and working in the schools.
We just finished our 3rd event and raised more money than any of the others. It’s always fun to see how much fun everyone is having but to know that it’s a two-fold situation where they pay to come and have fun at a school event and the money they gave is coming right back to them through grants that their teachers or schools have asked for. Other schools in the area have tried to do some kind of Mom & Son event but not many are successful. Recently, someone just told me that “I have the best fundraiser in Pennfield, hands down.” I love this event and am so proud of where it has come.