PEPTO hosting mother/son game night and Vendor Fair as they continue to raise funds for playground

The Postville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PEPTO) is continuing to raise money for a new elementary playground at Cora B. Darling School.

With the success of the Father Daughter Dance earlier this year, a Mother-Son Game night is planned for this Friday, May 3. The event is being held at the Northeast Iowa Wellness and Recreation Center from 6-7:30 p.m.

The event will include music, games, refreshments, prizes and a souvenir photo.

All money earned from the event will go toward the new playground.

Also coming this month is a PEPTO Vendor and Craft show which will be held Saturday, May 11 beginning at 9 a.m. The Vendor Fair will be held at the Wellness and Recreation Center as well.

Spokesperson for the Vendor Fair, Lisa Acevedo said, “Come join us for some shopping and a freewill donation bake sale. It’s the day before Mother’s Day, so it’s the perfect time to grab that last minute gift or treat for Mom! Proceeds go toward the Postville playground fund.”

Several other items were on the agenda at the most recent PEPTO meeting including:

The group is continuing to move through the process of incorporating as a non-profit.

It was noted that the group has raised over $6,500 through their fundraising efforts. The FreedomBank bake sale raised about $1,000 and the organization received a $20,000 grant from the Allamakee County Foundations. 

The revised playground plans were shared at the meeting as the actual ‘footprint’ of the playground was discussed as well as the amount of concrete  which will have to be poured. Soft surfacing will be poured on top of the concrete. It was also explained that differing pieces of playground equipment have differing warranties. Warranties range from 25 years to lifetime.

Future fundraisers being planned include an adult bowling tournament to be held in the fall and a pool party in June.

All parents are encouraged to attend the PEPTO meetings and become involved in the organization. It would be ideal to have parents from all grade levels.

PEPTO officers have noted, “We are a small group right now and it is a lot of work to plan and schedule all these events with small numbers.”

The next meeting will be held May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary library.