A tradition will continue to be offered for Oneonta City School District sixth graders this year and the Middle School PTO is holding a fundraiser on Sunday to help make it possible for all who want to attend.
The district’s safety patrol was discontinued following a realignment that moved 6th graders to the middle school this year. So, school officials initially did not think the annual trip that had been offered to students for decades would be possible. But Oneonta Bus Lines, which organizes the trip, offered the district another option to participate in the four day, three night trip that starts May 11. It will allow students to join their peers from other schools who were still in safety patrol, if they are part of a service patrol, PTO co-president Wendy Loucks said. This will require participating students to perform six hours of community service, and meet conduct requirements, to participate. The cost is $385 and includes stops in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. The deadline for payment is April 8.
To provide assistance, from 10 am. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the PTO will hold a fundraising Bowl-a-Thon at Holiday Lanes, Loucks said. The cost will be $10 for 6th graders and $20 for all others. Students can use the funds they raise for the event to pay for their trip. Any money the PTO raises, along with funds from a recent dance, after-school candy sales and other events will be used for scholarships. Loucks said the PTO will know how much it will have to assist students when it gets closer to the deadline. “The goal is to help as many kids as we can,” she said.
In addition, the organization is also helping find opportunities for students to perform their six hours of community service. This includes a downtown cleanup Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. Students can’t do all their service at one time, and their parents can’t be the ones to provide the necessary sign-off, she said.