Butter Braids 2014: a delicious Poly Drive tradition with sweet rewards

The annual Butter Braid fundraiser has begun! Order forms and instructions were sent home in the Nov. 19 Wednesday Watch. Here’s a FAQ on the fundraiser. Last year $19,430 was raised through the Butter Braid Fundraiser, with proceeds being used toward the new playground equipment all the students are enjoying this year.

What’s a butter braid?
A butter braid is frozen pastry dough, made with 100% real butter, giving them a rich, homemade taste. There are different filling flavors: Apple, Bavarian Crème, Blueberry & Cream Cheese, Cherry, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Strawberry & Cream Cheese, and Double Chocolate.

They arrive frozen and can be stored for up to six months.

To use them, set on the counter the night before baking and then in the oven for 25-30 minutes, cool, and drizzle with icing for a delicious and beautiful treat.

You can see them at http://www.butterbraid.com.

How much is a butter braid?
They are sold for $14 each. Profits will go toward PTA initiatives.

Are there prizes for selling?
Yes, top sellers are rewarded.

Any tips for selling?
Sell safe – if going door to door, students must be accompanied by a parent.
Sell by phone, to relatives, work places, church groups and other groups your family’s involved in.
Payment must be collected at the time of the sale! Poly Drive PTA purchases the butter braids up front.
Checks should be made to Poly Drive PTA.
Double check your students’ orders and the money collected– accuracy is important for a smooth-running fundraiser.

Important dates:
Friday, Dec. 5: Order forms due back to the school.
Thursday, Dec. 18: Delivery of butter braids to the school. Pickup between 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Thanks you in advance for all your hard work! Questions can be directed to Corey Schaefer.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair: Holiday fun and more

Get your holiday shopping done early while sixth graders lead your kids in a variety of activities at the store. Treat yourself to lunch or coffee at Starbucks and buy a cheesecake for Thanksgiving.
Come and enjoy a fun day of entertainment, shopping and visiting with friends and family, all while supporting your school.

Highlights of this year’s event include: a holiday photo booth, holiday crafts, a scavenger hunt, story time, reindeer games and entertainment provided by the Poly 6th graders.

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit the Poly Drive PTA library and the 6th Grade Fund (for field trips and yearbook).

Purchases in store and online the entire week of Nov 21-28 will apply. Just mention the Poly Drive book fair #11478690 at checkout! And be sure to share the code with your family and friends to use online, anywhere!

Poly Drivers: Walk & Bike Week nets 318 miles!

This October, 68 students participated and walked or biked 552 trips for 318 miles during Poly Drive’s participation in the national Walk to Schools week event. Students are encouraged to walk or bike to and from school during the week. They collect sponsors and raise money to support the program.

The funds raised through Walk and Bike to Schools Week go toward supporting Safe Routes to Schools.

The Winter Challenge for Walk and Bike to Schools will run in January, February and March, with prizes awarded in April.

Poly Drivers: Saturday Live a smashing success

What a beautiful day for this year’s Saturday Live! Our Poly Drive booth provided plenty of variety and fun with Mystery Doors, Bungee Run, City Brew Coffee and Sweet C’s Kettle Corn. Coffee and kettle corn were both new additions for us this year and each was wildly successful! The total amount raised by our school was $1,930 – just about double last year’s total! We also won second place in the pre-ticket sales contest for which we received $150 in gift certificates at 360 Office Solutions. These will be gratefully used by Miss Vicki.

We would like to thank the following local businesses/individuals for donating products which kept our costs down and allows more money to stay at Poly Drive: Sweet C’s Kettle Corn, City Brew Coffee, Wendy’s, Johnny Carino’s, Sam & Louies, Straw Hat, Lave Masonry, Allegra Printing, Annette Patterson & the Hepp family.

In addition, we could not pull this event off without the help of many volunteers, so many thanks go to:
Parents: Mary Lave, Tori & Craig Hepp, Annette Patterson, Henry Morgan, Krissy Yerger, Shannon Westerman, Michelle Breum, Kori Caudill, Kevin Stubbs, Amy Sanders, Renee Janhunen, Ann Brucker, Nicole Benge.

Teachers: Desiree Caskey, Teal Gibson, Katie Tatum, Becca Egan, Tanna Schaff (+John Bunderson & Bob Knight).

Students: Shane Mullowney, Laurin Patterson, Anne Morgan, Malikye, Grace Hepp, Angelo, Hunter Brown, Luke & Hailey Breum, Dacee Zent, Bayles DeVries, Karter Binstock, Julia & Destiny Lave, Kaylee Stubbs, Ava Grubbs, Jack Rentz, Katherine Sanders, Alyvia S, Anna Whitney, Jessica Morgan, Annika Rickbeil, Sydney Sivertson.

And lastly, if you were in the park that day and came to support our booth – thank you!