Friday Features - 12/21/18

Your Weekly BGS PTO News & Happenings


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From giant bears to kitchens, books to trucks, crafts to baby gear, our Annual $1-2-3 Toy & Bargain Bike Sale had it all. Countless members of the Bridgewater community donated their gently loved toys to stock our "shelves" for the sale. The top half of the collage above gives you just a sneak peek of all of the goodies we had for sale.

Special thanks to the more than 30 volunteers who contributed their time to sorting, pricing, and organizing the store, helping the sale run smoothly, and then breaking down afterward. We had parents, students, alumni, and even the BRHS Key Club to help out.

While we had a great turnout from the community and had brisk sales all day, we always have more items than we can sell. Rather than left those to a landfill, our fantastic Toy Sale chairs, Alison Beebe and Michele Fitzgerald, made sure none of those toys went to waste. They partnered with the following groups to see the remaining toys were passed on to fellow non-profits who could make use of them, including:

  • Thrifts & Gifts in Somerville - This unique thrift store is run in conjunction with The Center School, a private, not for profit school for kids with emotional and learning challenges. The store operates as part of the school's work readiness transition program for 18-21 year olds and proceeds from the store benefit The Center School.
  • Franklin House, part of Alternatives, Inc. - Alternatives, Inc. provides comprehensive services to individuals and families with special needs, enabling them to reach their highest level of independence and integration into the community.
  • iCares of Mendham - a non-profit that supports underprivileged families, particularly during the holiday season. The bottom half of the above collage shows our volunteers helping to pack up all the remaining items for iCares.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Toy Sale a success!

- Kelly & Briana, PTO Co-Presidents

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Join Us for a Morning PTO Meeting

For our January PTO meeting, we're flipping the script and going with a morning meeting! Join us Tuesday, January 8 at 8:45 AM in the STEAM Room. Agenda will be shared in our first January Friday Features. See you there!

Box Tops Contest Coming Soon!

As you gather with friends and family for the holidays, let them know you're on the hunt for Box Tops for Education! We'll be running out annual Box Tops Contest during the month of January, so start clipping now. Stay tuned for details!

Stay Tuned for Fun in the New Year!

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Thanks to Scrap U & Artistry Too for being our PTO Sponsor of the Month. Whether you're looking to entertain the kids or something for the adults, they have a wide selection of classes available to spark your creativity. Check out their programs page to see classes by age group. Highlights this coming week include:

  • Dec. 21 - Holiday Wreath Making (for kids 8+ and adults)
  • Dec. 27 & 28 - School's Out Art Camp

Get all the details on pricing, times, and registration at the Scrap U & Artistry Too programs page or follow them on Facebook for all the latest events.

Dates to Remember

  • Dec. 24-Jan. 1 - Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 - 8:45 AM - PTO Meeting
  • Jan. 18 - 7 PM - Beach Blanket Bingo

Stay in Touch

Bradley Gardens PTO

Briana George, Co-President

Kelly Schmidt, Co-President

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