Com­mu­nity can try its luck at school casino fundraiser

Money col­lected will help with Lit­tle Flower’s op­er­at­ing costs and ex­penses

The Enterprise - - News - By JACQUI ATKIELSKI jatkiel­[email protected]­ Twit­ter: @Jac­quiEn­tNews

Par­ents are hop­ing the com­mu­nity will try its luck at a casino night fundraiser to ben­e­fit Lit­tle Flower School in Great Mills, sched­uled to start at 6 p.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 26. Or­ga­niz­ers hope to raise at least $10,000 for the pri­vate Catholic school af­fil­i­ated with the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton.

Along with the casino night, a va­ri­ety of other fundrais­ers are sched­uled through­out the year to bring in money for the el­e­men­tary/mid­dle school.

Cash col­lected through fundrais­ers helps to off­set costs, like teacher salaries, not cov­ered by tuition and fund­ing pro­vided by the arch­dio­cese.

Lit­tle Flower is one of four Catholic el­e­men­tary/mid­dle schools that re­ceive fund­ing through the Wash­ing­ton arch­dio­cese.

Fundrais­ers help “keep the school alive,” said Lind­say Si­pos of Leonard­town, par­ent of two stu­dents at the school. Work­ing with the Sev­enth Dis­trict Op­ti­mist Club, par­ents are sched­uled to bring in games like craps, roulette and black­jack. She said a raf­fle and other ways to win cash will also be avail­able.

The event of­fers par­ents and other adults the chance to “come and play and have a good time” and learn the games, said Car­ri­anne Downey of Scot­land, par­ent to four chil­dren at the school.

She said event co­or­di­na­tors are seek­ing up to 80 adults to vol­un­teer for the event. “You don’t have to have a kid [at the school] to vol­un­teer,” she said, adding her hus­band vol­un­teered last year as a black­jack dealer.

Si­pos said the event is open to those 21 and older, and tick­ets are avail­able at the door for $7 each. She said at­ten­dees can then buy as many chips as they want to play with. Food and al­co­holic bev­er­ages will be avail­able to pur­chase at the event, too.

“It’s re­ally fun,” she said.

Si­pos said she loves the school and likes the small class­room sizes.

“It’s a good en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. Casino night at­ten­dees can “do some good for the school” while hav­ing fun, Si­pos added.

There are cur­rently 140 stu­dents en­rolled at Lit­tle Flower School, and about 80 fam­i­lies to co­or­di­nate the va­ri­ety of fundraiser through­out the year, in­clud­ing weekly Wed­nes­day night bingo games, the an­nual Au­gust auc­tion and the an­nual purse bingo held the Fri­day be­fore Mother’s Day.

Par­ents “put a lot of time in” to sup­port the school, through or­ga­niz­ing events, vol­un­teer­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in an ad­vi­sory board that guides the school, she said.

See www.face­­tle­flow­er­catholic/events/?ref=page_in­ter­nal for more in­for­ma­tion about events at Lit­tle Flower School.

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