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‘Apple Raffle’ begins at Oxford School

Oxford Intermediate School’s Parent Teacher Organization is now selling its “Apple Raffle” tickets for fall fundraising for the second year.

The raffle tickets are $5 each and put participants in the running for a $3,000 Apple gift card.

Sloane Ponder, one of the members over fundraising, explained that the money raised will go toward the PTO dedication providing Oxford Intermediate School with additional financial help to fit the need of the school.

She said, “We then take that and, if the principal comes to us and says, ‘we have this need,’ we try to meet it.”

The last day for parents to sign and turn in acceptance forms for their children to sell tickets is Friday. Students will begin selling on Monday and will continue until October 2. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn Oct. 9.

The PTO held a kick-off rally in the school gymnasium this week where faculty and staff got the children excited about raising funds, selling tickets, getting their parents involved and winning possible prizes themselves.

Ponder said the kick-off program went well.

“It was very short and sweet,” she said.

They first watched an Apple movie trailer of the raffle then they had the opportunity to see some of their teachers perform the popular dance the “Whip and the Nae Nae” to the tune of “Watch Me” by Silento; the sing is connected to their slogan “Watch Me Win.” Teachers also threw confetti.

“The kids went crazy over the confetti,” said Ponder.

If a parent does not want the obligation of selling a set number of tickets, there is an option to make a donation of any amount. The rewards offered to the students who sell a certain number of raffle tickets will be offered to donations in matching amounts as well. Additionally, each time a student or teacher sells 10 tickets, their name goes into a drawing for an Apple Watch or iPad Mini.

Ponder said the fundraiser is a tremendous aid to the students, faculty and staff of the school.

“It always goes back to the teachers, the school — and ultimately — the students,” said Ponder.