MANCHESTER - This spring marks the celebration of one of the most significant fundraising events for Manchester Elementary and Middle School (MEMS). On May 9, the Friends Foundations for MEMS is hosting its annual fundraising gala from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Yester House of the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

With the theme "Swing Into Spring," the fundraising event will offer an eclectic mix of live music by "Blues Man" Bob Stannard and MEMS parents, as well as raffle items from local businesses, heavy hors d'oeuvres and and drinks.

Funds raised from the "Swing Into Spring" event will directly go to enhancing student learning in the areas of Spanish language, math, as well as curriculum-enhancing endeavors, which include field trips, attending local cultural events and bringing in performance artists.

Funds raised from the event will also provide: Proactive access to early literacy for children, the ability to connect kids to a global world through cutting-edge technologies, support to ongoing performing arts programs, enrichment opportunities in and outside of the classroom to support and engagement and learning.

"Thanks to the Friends of MEMS and its fundraising events, we are able to provide educational opportunities that are vital to the growth and development of our students," said Sarah Merrill, MEMS Principal. "Funds raised from this event will provide MEMS with the ability to provide flexible, innovative programming beyond the scope of a typical educational experience.


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The Friends Foundation for MEMS is a non-profit organization based on the idea that commitment to public education shouldn't end when the property tax bill is paid. Since it was founded in 2002, the foundation has raised $1.3 million for educational opportunities that reach beyond the traditional four walls of a classroom, and the limits of the taxpayer-supported budget.

The "Swing Into Spring" fundraiser is $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at MEMS front office or at Bill Drunsic's office.

Contact Bill Drunsic at 362-1516 or via email at wdrunsic@nerr.com.