Breakfast, book fair benefit Hazelwood Elementary

January 6, 2012

By Christina Lords

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About 400 parents, students and community members are expected to mingle and chow down at the Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA annual pancake feed this January.

Lisa Tintinger, PTSA member and event chairwoman, said the fair is a way to meet people within the Newcastle community while supporting a worthy cause.

“The pancake breakfast itself is a community-building event,” she said. “It’s a great way to get together with parents of other kids and members of the community to get a feel for school. It helps build a friendly atmosphere for the school.”

Matthew Martin, 6, and Zach Martin, 3, (from left) enjoy pancakes with their mother, Jenny Martin, and Brooke Sanders, 5, at the 2009 Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA pancake breakfast. Contributed

For the second consecutive year, the pancake breakfast will be held in conjunction with the school’s Scholastic Book Fair.

The breakfast features sausage, fruit, Starbucks coffee, hot chocolate and all-you-can-eat pancakes. It will be held from 8-11 a.m. Jan. 21 at Hazelwood Elementary.

All proceeds from the breakfast and book fair benefit Hazelwood’s PTSA and the school’s library.

The event is open to any member of the community, and children 2 and younger are free, while tickets for other children and adults are $4 or $5.

Local grocery stores and coffee shops contributed goods to make the event possible, Tintinger said.

Jane Bell, PTSA member and book fair chairwoman, said the profits from the book fair allow Hazelwood’s librarian to pick out much-needed books for the school.

Attendees can also contribute directly to teachers’ classrooms by purchasing books for their classrooms.

“It is contributing directly to classroom libraries and also to the school’s main library,” she said. “Without this money, I don’t think the school could go out and afford $2,000 worth of books like this.”

Learn more by emailing Tintinger at jltingers@msn.com or Bell at tinchybell@yahoo.com.

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