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Bronxville PTA Plans Memorial Day Celebrations

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – A cupcake sale Friday morning will kick of the Bronxville School PTA’s tradition of bringing the community together to honor and celebrate its veterans every Memorial Day weekend.

A picnic, carnival, exhibit, used book sale and 2.5 mile run are planned for the 51st  year of the school-sponsored Memorial Day festivities, said Francine Schwadel, a member of the PTA’s Memorial Day Committee.

“It’s a huge tradition that families celebrate together,” Schwadel said. “It’s a wonderful community event to get people together to celebrate and honor our veterans and the school is the heart of the community.”

While the “Cupcake Café” will start the weekend off on a sweet note, the PTA will begin preparations Monday when volunteers will begin accepting donations of gently used books, DVDs and CDs to be sold at Saturday’s Used Book Sale, Schwadel said.

“Recycle and reuse is the focus,” she added.

Also Saturday will be the Run for Fun on Memorial Day honoring James Kearney, a Bronxville graduate and avid runner who continued to run even after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He placed second just two weeks after undergoing surgery in 2003 and succumbed to his illness in 2004. Kearney’s namesake foundation donates money raised from the event to the school PTA, Schwadel said.

Visitors to the school will also be able to reflect on the holiday and the contributions made by local veterans during various wars through pictures and memorabilia on display at the Bronxville Veteran’s Memorial exhibit in the elementary school playroom. More than a 1,000 residents toured the display last year, Schwadel said, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day will be capped with an “old-fashion holiday picnic” on school grounds. The $5 per person entry will provide free ice-cream and music. Organized games for children, such as a tug of war, are also planned.

Throughout the day, the PTA will sell $1 kids raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes such as a Kindle Fire reader or Wii gaming system.  Adults will get a similar opportunity for $10 per ticket or four tickets for $30 and could win prizes from local merchants, Schwadel said.

On Memorial Day the community will be able to enjoy a carnival on schools grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., immediately after the village parade. Water rides are among the favorites each year, Schwadel said, along with popular carnival foods. All-access bracelets are $25.

“There is something for everyone and all these events, planned each year by the school PTA, are a lot of fun and a wonderful, small-town tradition,” she said.

PTA President Nina Evison said the weekend-long events raise about $30,000 for the schools.

Complete details and a schedule of events sponsored by the PTA can be viewed at the organization's website .

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