N. Routt charter holding fund-raiser

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The North Routt Community Charter School's "fun-raiser," being held today at the Lower Glen on the Elk River, promises to raise merriment and funds.

The second annual fund-raiser is a barbecue that also will showcase Pickles the Clown, a puppet show, live music and a silent auction.

All proceeds will benefit the charter school.

"(The school) can't make it on their own with just the funding from the state," parent Robyn Jankoski said. Jankoski is a member of the school's finance committee.

The school holds three fund-raisers each year: a golf tournament, a summer barbecue and a winter barbecue.

Last year's summer fund-raiser generated $4,300 for the school. This year, they hope to raise more money because a silent auction has been added to the day's festivities, Jankoski said.

Items that will be up for bid at the auction include a llama trek, a spa day and a day of fishing on a private section of the Elk River.

The money raised will be spent at the school's discretion. Last year's proceeds went to general operating expenses, director Mary Bramer said.

This year, the school will put the funds toward renovating its multipurpose room and a playground.

"The playground project is really a community project," Bramer said. "It will be open to the general community when school is not in session.

Jankoski said the primary objective of the fund-raiser was not just to raise money but also to raise awareness.

"Money would be great, but a lot of people don't know that we have a school up there," Jankoski said. "It's a public school. Our goal is probably to make some money but to get the word out."

The North Routt Community Charter School is in its third year of operations and has 21 students enrolled.

The school will employ two full-time teachers and one part-time kindergarten teacher for the 2003-04 school year.

"We expect that our enrollment will increase," Bramer said.

Tickets for the fund-raiser can be purchased at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, the Clark Store, the Glen Eden Resort or at the door. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.

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