CCPS Fundraising for Imagination Library Gets Creative


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At the regular Board of Education meeting in February, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) presented Caroline County Public Library with a donation of $21,000 for the Imagination Library, which provides a free, age-appropriate book to any registered child in the county from birth to age five.

This is the third year CCPS staff has taken on the Imagination Library fundraising endeavor. The central office and schools individually decide which fundraising activities will work for them, and they usually include silent auctions, raffles, bake sales, and potluck dinners. Quite often, a “jeans day” for staff will substantially bump up the total.

This year, Debbie George at the Central Office spearheaded two events that contributed greatly to the donation total – a countywide yard sale and a Longaberger basket raffle. Both activities were dependent upon contributions from each of the schools. The basket raffle showcased staff creativity with themes such as Bulldog Pride, a Tour of Caroline, movie night, and gift card shopping spree.

Competition also sweetens the pot. Instruction, Superintendent Patty Saelens’ side of the shop, versus Support Services, Assistant Superintendent Milton Nagel’s staff, always go head-to-head in fundraising.  The schools also compete against one another for the prize of a visit from certain characters like Elsa and Ana (2017, Denton Elementary) or Santa’s elves (2016, Greensboro Elementary, and 2018, Ridgely Elementary) handing out goodies at lunchtime.

Dr. Saelens stated, “Staff is terrific at creating and supporting events and we have a lot of fun with it, but we never lose site of the fact that Imagination Library puts books in the hands of our youngest children. Access to books and reading makes a big difference in ensuring children enter school ready to learn, so supporting this program is a real pleasure.”