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It takes a village in Portage

2013-04-17T00:00:00Z It takes a village in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
April 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Over the years, I’ve often quoted Hillary Clinton’s famous book title that made me realize that a child is made of many pieces, just like a puzzle, and without even one piece, that child might go terribly wrong. One organization, one teacher, one principal, one counselor, one bus driver could make the difference in a child succeeding or not in this great big world of ours.

In 2006, our Portage Township School system had the vision to empower a group of volunteers to engage the Portage Township community in support of educational innovations that improve our students achievement. They have developed a funding plan that helps bridge the gap between tax dollars provided for essential educational needs and the funds necessary for our students to achieve academic excellence.

The Portage Township Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization made up of private citizens that are promoting private commitments to public education.

Every year the PTEF hosts their Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction which is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. The event is cosponsored by the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce which shows how much our business community cares about our Portage Township Schools, students and staff.

Join the Foundation for a few hours of wine and beer tasting. Tasty hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by The Difference will also be on hand. The night is just $30 a person in advance or $35 at the door. There will be many wonderful items for silent and live auction available for friendly, spirited bidding.

Last year the PTEF raised and was able to award around $10,000 in educational grants. The grants are initiated by teachers to fund innovative projects targeting every grade level and many different subjects. They help give a positive success to our Portage Township students.

You may purchase tickets for this event at the door, from any PTEF board member, the Administration Center of Portage Township Schools or Portage Chamber of Commerce. If at all possible, please purchase your tickets early but walk-ins are definitely welcome.

Another group that inspires our kids at the high school level is our Portage Junior ROTC. They are hosting their annual spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Post 260 on Mulberry Avenue. Snowie Sno-Cones will be on hand for a special treat and there will be a bake sale that all proceeds will go to Autism Speaks Now. Tickets are $5 a person and kids under 3 are free. Don’t miss this fundraiser for a great service youth group who helps so many in Portage.

Lastly is the Portage Parks Department, Mother-Son Dance set for May 3 at Woodland Park/Sycamore Hall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A great evening for moms and their sons to enjoy dinner, dancing and entertainment away from all life’s hustle and bustle. Hurry though; tickets are $36 per couple/residents and $41/non-residents and you need to register by April 24th. Come out for a great evening with your sonny boy.

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