Each student at the school was given raffle tickets in early November to sell for $5 apiece, and the tickets and the money raised were due back at the school Thursday.
While the foundation board members were still counting the proceeds Friday, the drive generated about $13,000, Delves said. Perhaps as much as $5,000 of that money will be used to purchase the three prizes that were raffled off — a seven-day trip to Hawaii, a high-definition television and a digital camera and photo printer — so the school foundation will keep about $8,000.
“A lot of stuff came in in the last few days,” Delves said. “I’m very happy with that result.”
Delves tried to get some of the prizes donated, but in the end the foundation will most likely purchase the three raffle prizes. Delves said she was able to get good deals on items like the hotel accommodations in Hawaii.
The members of the foundation — which is called the W.A.V.E. Foundation, which stands for Woodlanders are Volunteers for Education — will vote on how to use the money at their next meeting, Delves said.
The foundation decides how to spend its money by voting on grant proposals that teachers or parents can submit. One grant proposal that the foundation will consider at its next meeting asks the foundation to purchase a new copy machine for the school. About $3,000 of the money raised may go to that purchase, if the foundation approvesit, Delves said.
In the foundation’s 10-year history, it has purchased playground equipment and computers, and has helped supplement the salaries of support staff members at the school.