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Diners Raise Funds For Mesa Verde
Although the weather was unpleasant the Acosta family, including Eli, Ramiro, Rebecca and Jacob decided to eat out to help support the Parent Teacher Club raise funds for a shade structure at Mesa Verde Elementary for the students to have some cover from the rain or the sun.

The weather outside was frightful but that did not keep the Parent Teacher Club (PTC) of Mesa Verde Elementary and local supportive families from dining out at McDonalds ibn Riverbank recently to help raise funds for a shade structure.

The PTC is on a mission to raise money for a shade structure to be built for the students at Mesa Verde Elementary. The school is about five years old so the trees that are there have not grown big enough to provide any type of shade or cover, officials said.

President of the PTC, Lizbeth Nisperos explained that the students do not have any cover from the sun or the rain when they are outdoors.

PTC parliamentarian, Merry Joy Tan organized the fundraiser with McDonald’s manager, Charlie Ramos to donate 20 percent of their profits with dine in and drive thru on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Even though it was raining the fundraiser was still a success,” said Nisperos. “The principal showed up along with several other parents to help raise funds for the students.”

This is the first time they have worked with McDonalds to raise funds for the school and with over $600 raised and over $100 more in tips, the fundraiser was deemed a success.

There were over 30 families that brought their kids out to McDonald’s for dinner to support the PTC even with bad weather.

The Acosta family, Ramiro, Rebecca, and sons Jacob and Eli enjoyed a meal out in the stormy weather and although they usually don’t eat fast food, Ramiro expressed that it was for a good cause.

The PTC was so thankful for McDonald’s participation in their fundraiser they honored manager Ramos at a follow-up school assembly and presented him with a certificate of appreciation.

This will be the PTC’s first full year as an organization and according to Nisperos there was a lot of paperwork to complete and several steps to fulfill before they could become a club.

To help raise funds for the shade structure, the PTC will be hosting additional fundraisers in the upcoming months including chocolate sales, book fair and harvest festival. For more information on the PTC or the fundraisers contact Mesa Verde Elementary.