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Albion PTA plans busy year, including return of Harlem Wizards in October

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2019 at 5:33 pm

ALBION – The Albion PTA has many activities planned this school year to raise money for field trips, books for students and other programs.

The PTA is bringing back the Harlem Wizards, which last played a game in Albion on Oct. 4, 2011. The Wizards have been performing since 1962. They showcase fancy dribbling, teamwork and wild dunks, as well as comedy.

Albion teachers will play the Wizards during the benefit game. The PTA will also be selling food and 50/50 tickets during the fundraiser.

Th PTA each year spends about $5,400 to cover the costs of on field trip for each classroom from pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Those trips this past school year included a walking trip for PreK to Cone Zone for ice cream, Strong Museum of Play in Rochester for kindergartners, Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester for first-graders, Genesee County Park for second-graders, the Brick Lab in Spencerport for third-graders, Erie Canal Cruise in Lockport for fourth-graders, and Rochester Museum of Science and Strasenburgh Planetarium for fifth-graders.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Some Albion PTA members include front row, from left: Kenny Haylett, Jennifer Haylett, Matt Hand and Megan Gotte (vice president). Back row: Dave Allen, Rose Allen (president), Stacey Andrews (treasurer), Crystal Hand, Susan Dick and Heidi Pask (secretary).

The PTA also puts on three dances in the elementary school, and organized a book fair where every student could receive a book paid for by the PTA.

The group also supports a spelling bee, providing awards and covering the cost for Albion students to compete in the regional competition.

The PTA will be at the elementary school open houses on Sept. 17 and Sept. 19 and welcomes new members to join the group. There is a $4 membership fee and that includes $2 each to the state and national PTA.

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