“We’re making sure everybody gets served,” Crowson explained. “We have Boy Scouts helping and the Leo Club volunteers helping. They’re clearing tables. Lots of parents are helping flip pancakes. We started at 5 last night and we were here until 7:30. We came again at 7 this morning.”
Prices for the all-you-can-eat breakfast were $8 for adults, $5 for students or $20 for the entire family. The menu consisted of pancakes, sausage and apple sauce. Coffee donated by Stagecoach was also available.
Lesko estimates that somewhere between 300 and 400 people visit the Holiday Breakfast and Marketplace each year, which has been going on for a decade. The event raises a little over $3,000 for the PTA.
“We get a lot of request from different programs. We cover both schools – K through 12,” Lesko explained when asked where the money raised is spent. “Quiz team, last year, went to Virginia for nationals. We gave them funds. Tickets for field trips, certainly. Like yesterday, the second grade went to the Stanley Theater for the Nutcracker so we covered the cost of tickets . . . the 6th grade asked for an extra subscription to National Geographic for a type of book that was appropriate for that age group. Red Hot Ropers – we offset the cost of the tee shirts the kids wear. Not every kid can afford the tee shirts. We want to make sure it’s affordable for everybody, and that everybody gets a tee shirt ‘cause that’s a great program.”
The Red Hot Ropers is an after-school program for boys and girls that the elementary school physical education teacher Connie Herzig runs with the goal of keeping the kids active. Those who want to participate are required to learn a series of tricks before they are eligible to join the club. The group performs to music at several locations throughout the year.